That is the question Byron mayor Simon Richardson has posed after successive election promises have ignored the needs of the ‘Byron Bubble’ while funding big-ticket and, some might argue, less urgent projects in neighbouring shires.
Indeed, it’s become so obvious that the shire is being overlooked that its Greens mayor Simon Richardson has taken to referring to Byron as the ‘Forgotten Bay’.
Mayor Richardson said ‘you could be forgiven for thinking that the Byron Shire had been excised from the Richmond electorate.’
‘In the past six months we’ve seen $9.8 million [promised] for the Kingscliff foreshore upgrade, $4 million at Ballina Airport and $3 million over at Lismore Oakes Oval.
‘Whilst they are all very worthy projects, over here at Byron we can’t help but wonder if our voters are being taken for granted as part of the electoral boundary adjustments.
‘We too desperately need funding support but despite having provided our top ten shovel projects and applying for grants, Byron has been forgotten,’ he said.
Ranging in value from $250,000 to $2.6 million, some of the key projects include the Byron Arts and Industrial Estate Revitalisation, Ocean Shores Community Hall extensions, Belongil Creek Bridge, Clifford Street Suffolk park intersection, Sandhills wetland walk and the Bangalow and Byron Bay town centre rail corridors.
Mayor Richardson said that federal and state funding was essential to local councils.
‘Grant funding programs are highly competitive as council pitches against council for a limited funding pool.
‘The past year has seen Byron overlooked for crucial bridge funding and twice for the National Stronger Regions Fund.
‘We know we are recognised as a key regional economy with our ability to draw visitors from around the globe.
‘But we need increased help with capital upgrade projects as demands on our infrastructure grows,’ he said.
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