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October 16, 2021

Byron bypass foisted on locals for developers’ benefit

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A series of inquiries into the bypass have all shown that well over 90 per cent of traffic coming into Byron Bay is headed for Byron Bay.

We certainly need to facilitate through traffic, particularly for locals, and logic dictates the only solutions are to cut down on the traffic headed for the Bay or have the bypass further out, which still won’t deal with the traffic jams.

This bypass, almost in the middle of town, will be useful for less than 10 per cent of the traffic currently crossing the railway line, but only when they get there.

The effect on tailbacks on Ewingsdale Rd are likely to be insignificant, particularly if the line is frequently closing for a smelly old diesel train.

This bypass is being foisted on our community because, without a bypass, state government won’t pass the West Byron mega development.

Apparently it only has to be there, not necessarily effective or useful. It’s going to get even less useful when that short-term real estate bonanza arrives.

A huge money trough that, apparently, our real estate agent councillor has no intention of participating in. Surely that’s what ‘no financial interest’ actually means, at least morally.

We have criminal destruction of both the Butler St residents’ neighbourhood and precious wetland, for what? Massive short-term real estate profits from a completely inappropriate development.

Way to go.

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra


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  1. Robyn – a slight correction to your letter. If the ‘smelly old diesel train’ you refer to is the Elements Train that will start running next year, the train will not be crossing Lawson street and therefore not delaying traffic trying to enter the town. A new platform is being built on the Belongil side of Lawson so traffic won’t be disrupted.

    • Lucy Ashley is correct, the elements train will not be crossing Lawson street and the train will reduce traffic congestion on Shirley St.not increase it.

      Road transport is one of the major contributors to carbon emissions- not trains, which can carry so many more people per litre of fuel.

      A commuter train service on the line from Casino to Coolangatta is the only way to make a significant reduction in traffic coming in and out of Byron Bay and allow locals and tourists access to sustainable public transport.

      Traffic numbers at the Queensland border have jumped from 42,000 per day in 2004 to 67,000 today and are projected to rise to 115,000 PER DAY by 2026.

      Byron, and many Northern Rivers towns, cannot cope with the current levels of traffic and certainly will not be able cope with this massive increase..


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