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Robert Zandstra, Mullumbimby. 

Byron Council’s decision to review vehicle movement & parking is timely for our increasingly busy, car-centred town.

An integrated solution to making Mullumbimy attractive once more involves reduced speeds in the CBD area; reduced traffic in the central zone; an increased capacity council car park and returning the streets to long-suffering residents.

To this end, I offer the following solution:-

■ Spread the traffic through town by making Tincogan St the formal north-CBD bypass and Fern St the formal south bypass, relocating the existing give-way signs to prioritise through-traffic.

■ Create a low-speed 30 km/h central zone bounded by Station, Tincogan, Dalley and Fern Streets.

(precedent for this low speed: 20mph section of A307, south of Richmond, Greater London)

■ Create thresholds with 30 km/h speed markings at entry points to this zone

(example of threshold is Crows Nest, Lower North Shore, Sydney)

■ Create 40km/h intermediate zone speed limit, bounded by the Brunswick River, Railway line and Saltwater Creek.

■ Restrict street parking in Station, Stuart and Whian Streets to residents-only during working hours

■ Narrow Burringbar St and create limited parallel parking, restricted to young parents, the disabled and pensioners.

■ Add street furniture to Burringbar Street to beautify newly created space

■ Add one storey to Council’s Station St car park as this is already nearing capacity

■ Clarify and create safe, bicycle lanes throughout Mullum – safe from swinging car doors

■ Add many convenient bicycle parking places to encourage usage

■ End footpath bike riding in 30 & 40 km/h speed zones.


Let’s make Mullum again the people-centred, easy-going town of the past.



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  1. Good thoughts Robert. Speeds such s those you suggest are increasingly common in Europe – 30kph/20mph are the default in Paris and Edinburgh for example. There is still a need for off road cycle ways for kids and less confident riders in busier areas – and that can be done with on footpath paths as in Ballina. Making pedaling on the roads outside the town would also reduce traffic, as would charging people for a permit to drive their kids to school, as is done in London, and charging all people, including locals, for parking in busy areas . But overall your suggestions would make a Mullum are better place for people.

  2. “Let’s make Mullum again the people-centred, easy-going town of the past”

    Sorry to say but this phrase seems familiar,like: “Let’s make America Great Again”.Increased development follows with increases in Rates,Public Amenities charges,Parking fee increases,meters,signage etc.We are now into Stage two of residential development in Mullum.More people,more infrastructure,more traffic.
    Heavy commercial vehicles didn’t get a mention.Concrete mixers,removal vans,doubleB’s,Cane trucks,School Buses,Mining Trucks.They all move through Mullumtown.Including the increase of P Plate driver road rage.

    Mullum is losing it’s charm.Just like others over time with inevitable “progressive development”.


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