The current proposed train line to run from the new Elements Resort at Belongil to Byron Bay town seems rather short-sighted.
It will only really be servicing the privileged guests of the resort, a few residents of Sunrise Beach and people returning to their homes, tents and holiday apartments in town.
How’s this for an idea: extend the train line to go to The Farm via the sports complex and the new Byron Hospital (accessed via an artistic ‘Welcome to Byron Bay’ footbridge, competition to be announced).
We could request that the Flannery Corporation of Elements Resort, as a community-minded organisation, contribute the cost of recycling unused railway line to provide the track and the lovely crew at The Farm provide a portion of their land for car parking for commuters.
The way we see it this kills a few birds with one stone:
• Greatly reduced traffic into Byron Central. No more sitting in traffic jams.
• Byron youth will be able to travel safely to their sporting events and the beach. Parents can drop them off at The Farm and pick up a coffee.
• The sports complex will be more accessible and used more.
• Access to the Industrial Estate
• Locals and tourists from Byron will use it to shop and dine at The Farm and Elements Resort
• Byron Hospital is accessible from town
• Easy access to town for pedestrians (another idea, a possibility to create traffic-free zones in town).
It goes without saying that everyone wins, all residents of Byron Shire, our youth, Flannery Corporation, Byron Industrial Estate, The Farm, the currently under-utilised sports complex, all Byron businesses, tourists, Byron Shire Council (for facilitating a major improvement to our area).
A Byron Bypass will no longer be necessary and we create a fantastic community resource and eliminate our traffic problems.
Sally Packshaw and Christine Levy, Mullumbimby