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April 17, 2021

Byron carpark works cut into beachside park

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Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments. The owners of these and other nearby apartment buildings say amenity will be lost by the conversion of part of Denning Park into car parking. Photo contributed
Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments. The owners of these and other nearby apartment buildings say amenity will be lost by the conversion of part of Denning Park into car parking. Photo contributed

Motel owners on Middleton and Lawson Streets, Byron Bay, adjacent to where Byron Shire Council is constructing new car parking on crown land, are up in arms.

They have accused the council ‘substantial breaches’, say it is hacking in to valuable foreshore parkland, and claim to have launched legal proceedings over the issue.

Additionally they claim there was no notification or an opportunity to comment on the works, which are aimed at ‘increasing parking and improving traffic flow’.

Byron Shire Council announced via a media release recently that Middleton Street, which will be widened to allow 15 new car parking spaces to be established at Denning Park, near Main Beach. Eleven metres of grassed land is expected to be lost.

Manager of the Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments, Jenny McIntyre, told The Echo as holiday providers/residents, they are not opposed to the other works proposed.

‘We are concerned about the amenity loss and the lack of consultation,’ she said.

‘The works could be done without the loss of the park.

‘This parkland services many visitors and locals, including the beachside markets, recreational clubs and guests to Byron and guests of the six surrounding accommodation complexes who utilise it.

No DA required say council

Council’s infrastructure services director, Phil Holloway, did not comment on the lack of notification but said the works are being done under the NSW Infrastructure State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and no development application was required.

‘As council is the manager of the land, the improvement project was reported to council’s Reserve Trust meeting on June 11 and endorsed.

‘Crown Lands are also aware of the project and are supportive of the upgrade and access that it provides to the public park.’

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  1. That piece of park is probably only used at max 5 times per year and I very rarely see any children or families using it. We would use it for the bike transition area for the Byron Bay Triathlon up until about 6 years ago and then as the finishing area since then . The existing gravel and dust parking area is a disgrace and a waste of useable car parking space so adding the extra width will give a much more viable area. Markets can work on bitumened areas, the Lennox Head markets have done it for years.. The surf club needed more car parking space for its volunteer members .
    I am more concerned about the unnaturaly dying trees along that stretch. Could it be the work of an owner wanting better views of the ocean?

    • This area is on CROWN LAND. That is, it is for the benefit of the people of NSW. The land is supposed to be kept in perpetuity for the people of NSW. Not be used because Byron Council have got a problem with parking!! It reminds me of the song Big Yellow Taxi ‘ Paved Paradise, Put Up A Parking Lot.’ This action is a disgrace. Byron Council are the Reserve Trust Managers- the fox is in charge of the hen house.

  2. Geoff Bensley is absolutely right. That part of grassed area is not used by the public for recreation except on a few rate planned occasions. It will be heaps more useful to the public with some more proper parking spaces.


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