Butler Street residents have been calling for it for months – and now it appears Byron Shire Council has heeded their call.
As part of the assessment process for the Byron bypass announced recently, the disused railway corridor will be included as a possible route.
It’s the alternative route they have been pushing for, as the group claim it is the ‘ideal’ location for a bypass, rather than their sleepy suburban street.
A spokesperson for Council said, ‘The railway corridor has already been considered within the Preferred Route Report (completed at the end of 2014), and will be included as part of the Environment Impact Study (EIS) as per the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs).
It brings into question Cr Sol Ibrahim’s comments at the council meeting last week that the bypass route would run up Butler Street, so the ‘two lanes in’ plan would not affect any future planning.
With Council moving to the next stage of the project, community ‘drop in’ sessions will be held on tow days in March at the Byron Bay Farmer’s Markets and Byron Community Centre.
On consecutive Thursdays, March 19 and 26, staff will be available to discuss the plans from 7am to 11am at the Byron Bay Farmer’s Markets, and then from 4pm to 7pm at the Byron Community Centre.
For more, visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/projects/byron-bay-bypass.