Byron bypass no longer needed

Hang on one red hot minute! The questions begs asking – why is the Butler Street bypass still on the table at all?

Blind Freddy himself could see what a remarkable difference the extra lane at the roundabouts heading into town has made. What was once an exasperating traffic snarl has become minimal at worst.

So, what’s the plan now, shred through wetlands and upset a myriad of residents and business owners just so the odd Suffolk Park resident can nip up to Sunrise IGA?

Not one visitor will use said bypass because of course everyone holidaying here wants to have a good old rubberneck through town! I feel common sense is taking a back seat to bureaucratic nonsense. Again. In Byron Shire. Well colour me surprised.

Mick Webb, Byron Bay


12 responses to “Byron bypass no longer needed”

  1. Blake says:

    Blind Fredy can see that traffic jams have diminshed because visitor numbers are down because of paid parking. Just ask the shopkeepers.

    • Michael says:

      Or visitor numbers are down because its March now, not January.

      • Blake says:


        I am surprised by your response. As was noted by Mandy Nolan (January 5th) Byron Bay was ‘…a few days after Christmas like a ghost town [because of paid parking]’. It is no secret that visitor numbers have been drastically down every month since paid parking was introduced. Nor is it any surprise because the council stated aim was to stop day trip visitors through paid parking. Mission accomplished. People have stopped visiting and it is doubtfull that they will be coming back.

        Several contributors to the letters page have noted that Byron has become a much more uptight place since paid parking was introduced. This is also probably helping keep local people away. The cheerleaders of paid parking do not seem to have noticed this shift in mood. But from reading a lot of the comments around this debate this might be because they were uptight to begin with.

        It is no good being in denial. Blind Freddy can see that visitor numbers are down.

  2. Mick says:

    Well Blake your first problem is you’re still paying attention to Mandy Nolan. Any person that sees fit to focus an entire column on bacon has run out of good things to say. Now I have been driving back in to Byron daily from Brunswick Heads for over the past 12 months over 2 summers and I can tell you now I didn’t wait in hideous traffic at all during the entire summer just gone. Visitor numbers weren’t down in the peak of summer were they? Anyway this is just my opinion I wish not for a tit for tat.

  3. Mick says:

    Hey Blake, this is about the bypass. Which is not needed. And those traffic jams were way down well before 23rd December last year.

  4. Blake says:


    Thank you for your comments.

    But I am sorry to say that your attack on Mandy’s credibility is indicative of how the cheerleaders of paid parking have consistantly reverted to personal attacks upon any journalist that has dared to raise any issues around paid parking. Such as in the comments thread under Mandy’s January 5th article.

    It is odd that the same cheer leaders are now keen to deny that visitor numbers have dropped. As during peak season street parking was freely available across town and the main beach was, for example comparatively empty at sunset.

    The view that visitor numbers are not down seems to incorporate the view that local day trippers don’t count as visitors. The corollary of this view is that local day trippers are a sort of under person (or untermensch). It is sad to say that this supports claims that paid parking is a de facto form of social cleansing.

    As for the by pass, new and better roads lead to more development opportunities. Join the dots.

  5. Mick says:

    Oh yawn. Cool your jets Blakey boy. For the record I think paid parking is a rort and a poorly thought out one at that. Mandy Nolan has irritated me for years. My letter merely referred to the planned bypass. Me thinks you need to lower your soap box, it seems to be both confusing you and giving you vertigo.

  6. Jacob Boggansworth says:

    Paid Parking can be seen in Positive and Negative views. But before you bother discussing the topic of either in relation to the above noted ‘lower numbers’ in town, you must first ask; are there an abundance of vacant car parks available in main streets with tumbleweeds rolling down the road?
    If not, don’t despair. Byron Bay is Australia’s favourite town, that will never ever change.
    The funds collected from Paid Parking can be very beneficial to a shire, if in the right hands.
    It also promotes circulation of daytrippers, and motivates thier intent. For example, If you own a cafe, the last thing you want on a busy day is a collective of different customers who order a single soy latte, coupled with the entitlement of the WiFi password, and then stay for the next 4 hours downloading the complete David Bowie collection, occasionally puffing on an e-ciggie and drinking tap water. As a business, you need to turn those tables over and allow the next person to enjoy thier lattè.. and so forth. Having paid parking means the manager of the cafe will no longer need to sneakily switch off the modem like I used to. Paid Parking promotes circulation, and in turn, Growth.
    That’s some positive points to consider.
    I’ll leave the negatively-viewed comments up to someone who despises change.

    No Bypass necessary. Save the precious Wetlands!!

  7. Steve says:

    I’ll tell you something for nothing MICK WEBB! That bloody spectacle of a roundabout you so fancy is a disgrace to road works and town planning people everywhere! Walter Burley Griffin would be turning in his grave I tell you! People in the left lane turning the corner and trying to weasel into the right line have a squiz at the lovely people of Byron Bay. My gosh. Grinds my bloody gears is what it does and makes me want to write a strongly worded letter to those good folk at Byron Council.

  8. Clint Hurrell says:

    I live on Ewingsdale road and watch the traffic movment everyday – there has been very little change in the traffic conditions and it’s obvious that the jams will continue and worsen in the future until the bypass is finally created. Like so much of Byron Bay politics retarding progress is considered progressive.

  9. Blake says:

    This threads window on small town feuds and hackneyed 1980’s Americanisms (E.g. phrases made commonplace or trite by overuse) may well induce a feeling of vertigo in some readers.

    Returning to solid ground, the many empty parking spaces during peak season provided unambiguous evidence of a decline in Byron Bay visitor numbers. Unless of course local day trippers (or un people) don’t count.

    To recap, less local day trippers = less traffic jams.

    Its not rocket science

  10. Freddy's Guide Dog says:

    Knee jerk response. The council have a done a great job moving this project along and consulting with all stakeholders. You can check they’re frequently asked questions for the answer to “why is this still on the table?” – and you’ll find that bureaucratic nonsense that are the safeguards for making good economic and environmentally sound decisions!

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