20 C
Byron Shire
October 6, 2022

A vision for Bangalow’s future

Latest News

Floodplain developments major concern for Kingscliff, Tumbulgum and Chinderah communities

Concerned community representatives for Kingscliff, Tumbulgum and Chinderah communities met with Member for Tweed Geoff Provest last Friday to discuss the risks of approved but yet to built developments on flood prone land.

Other News

Large Myocum proposal raises traffic concerns

A 35ha Myocum residential rezoning/subdivision proposal, located near the McAuleys Lane and Mullum Road intersection, has some neighbours anxious about the potential for traffic accidents, given the precarious intersection and busy road.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Confessions of an Ugly Sister

I like myself. It’s taken a long time to realise that I’m okay; to stop measuring myself against benchmarks where I always come up short. Obviously not literally. I’m a tall person. Tall people are perceived as confident and powerful and capable. It’s how I see myself.

Great waves on offer for the Evans Head Malibu Classic

The 30th annual Evans Head Malibu Classic was run last weekend with clean one metre-plus waves on offer right...

Police pursuit after ute and motorbike stolen

NSW Police were at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan, after reports a motorcycle had been stolen. As they arrived two males fled the scene, one on a motorcycle and the other in an Isuzu utility. The utility failed to stop for police and a pursuit was initiated.

What a weekend! National Circus Fest success at Mullum

It was a big weekend of acrobatic feats at the National Circus Fest, held at the Mullum Showgrounds.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.

John Sparks’s submission for the Banglaow master plan, which focuses on a town centre, a pedestrian-friendly CBD and nature walks connecting the perimeter. Image supplied
John Sparks’s submission for the Banglaow master plan, which focuses on a town centre, a pedestrian-friendly CBD and nature walks connecting the perimeter. Image supplied

With Byron Shire Council currently preparing its strategic plan for Bangalow and a public meeting held last week, retired town planner John Sparks has put forward his thoughts in a 53-page masterplan.

Like his masterplans for West Byron and the Byron Bay CBD, Sparks says that this study pulls together existing ideas and integrates strategies that have been formulated over previous years.

Likes and dislikes

Taking data from past community workshops and surveys, Sparks incorporates the ‘likes and dislikes’ of the town as planning principles to underpin his masterplan.

Likes include: ‘the community and village feel, heritage architecture and characteristics, cafes, pubs and retail, markets, festivals and events, rural setting, village centre character, public spaces and open spaces, street trees and green areas and natural environment, community facilities, tourism and entertainment, building heights, topography and views.’

By contrast, dislikes include ‘access and parking, traffic and lack of pedestrian network, tourist crowds, unsympathetic development and growth, the cost of shopping and real estate.’

Current issues

Issues with the town are also identified; for example, ‘Landcare projects are not protected from future development, biodiversity mapping is not used in planning assessments, wildlife corridors have not been established and the diversity of aims that exists within interest groups.’

Nature trail

A key proposal in the plan is integrating the existing walking trails that already feature around the town’s perimeter. As significant native planting work has been undertaken over the years by various groups, Sparks suggests that completing a world-class walking trail around the town is not far off.

‘The rehabilitated green areas, creeks and wetlands around the town centre can be fully integrated with simple paths, nature trails and walkways giving enhanced living and learning opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy in a pleasant natural landscaped environment.’

Co-operation

Sparks says, ‘This masterplan can only be achieved through the co-operation of the three major stakeholders by agreement within each group and with each other.’

‘They are the community groups, the property owners and the Byron Shire Council.’

Fifteen community groups are identified, and while acknowledging ‘Bangalow is privileged to have the interest of so many community groups,’ he says they ‘do not always see the positive connection within all the diverse groups for the common good of the overall community.’

As for the property owners, Sparks says, ‘It is important to recognise the difference between maximum development, which exploits and destroys the amenity of the town, and optimum development, which considers all aspects with multiple bottom lines to any feasibility analysis.’

‘The property owners will gain much more through co-operating with each other and working together than they will by acting individually to try and exploit their own property or business.

‘Co-operative ventures also result in a more cohesive and empathetic development, rather than piecemeal and disjointed groups of buildings or projects by individuals with no communication.’

As for the role of local government, Sparks says the current planning system is an old paradigm, which is based on ‘restrictive regulations’.

‘Council will have to be inventive and use much initiative to produce a positive strategic plan…

‘The new paradigm is to have a positive cohesive vision as the basis of a Development Co-operation Plan, which encourages growth within agreed parameters to capitalise on the natural and community assets that we already have and to co-create with nature in a plan that exemplifies the environmental sustainable, ethical and spiritual values and aspirations of the community it serves within an efficient zero carbon framework.’

For more info visit www.byronbayvision.com.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

How to weave yarns and community this weekend

Beginner and advanced basket weavers have a chance to develop their skills under master tutelage this weekend in Ballina with thanks to the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Celebration as Farrelly House reopens in Lismore

On Tuesday to the relief and joy of dozens of Lismore folk, Farrelly House, the home of Red Inc. and the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), reopened on Magallan Street.

A journey of a step or two

Apart from organic shiraz, my latest investment in health is this mini-stepper, or ‘massage stepper’ as they call it in the country of origin.

Tweed Council leads the way for responsible dog ownership

The reality is that if you let your dog off-leash in areas where there is native wildlife from birds to wallabies they will disturb nesting sites and potentially attack, maim and kill wildlife, regardless of how much you love them.