Byron Shire is not known for the unanimity of its residents on any subject, let alone what projects should take priority in Byron Bay.
But designers McGregor Coxall are bringing back their masterplan ideas to the community, after months of consultation and revision, hoping they will provide a catalyst for change.
So if you have a spare four hours over the next few days you could do worse than to spend it in their company, as the community is given the opportunity to examine the plan in detail.
There are six sites identified as ‘catalyst’ sites and these will be the core focus of the upcoming engagement to collaborate with the community and develop concepts for these sites.
‘The Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan is at a critical phase – what will be the key driver for change?’ Mayor Simon Richardson said.
‘Do we need parking on the foreshore? Where should a new bus terminal be located? Should the swimming pool be re-located? Should Lawson Street Car Park become a home to markets, performance and a new cultural gallery? These are some of the questions we want you to help us answer.’
Council’s economic development and tourism coordinator, Jane Laverty said, ‘key people-orientated and place-making areas in the town centre…include the beachfront, Railway Park, recreation ground, Sandhill and laneways.’
‘When implemented through the masterplan vision, the sites will deliver outcomes for improved community spaces and intergenerational activity, providing a rejuvenated local connection.’
The catalyst sites will look at the short-, medium- and long-term initiatives that can lead to positive change to Byron Bay Town Centre.
Mayor Simon Richardson said the short-term initiatives are focussed on immediate community benefits that will go to the heart of the local community.
‘The selected catalyst sites have the potential to unlock the latent potential of the town centre for both the local and visiting community across the longer term vision,’ he said.
Limited spaces are available at the consultation sessions starting today.
To get involved and find out more head to www.byronbayourplan.com.au