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Markets and environment centre making way for tourist infrastructure

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Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get worse for locals in the ‘wonderful tourist destination’, now we have the threat of the iconic Byron Environment Centre rotunda being shunted out to oblivion with the Butler St markets to follow to make way for an expensive bus terminal.

Then there’s the ‘beautification’ of Railway Park, apparently funded by the state government who seem to have plenty of money for ‘Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure’, which includes chopping down much-needed shade trees to make way for an outdoor eating area for someone’s cafe at the expense of public space!

Where’s the state government funding for necessary infrastructure for long suffering locals?

Butler St reserve is hot and bare, but that can be easily rectified with tree plantings and some landscaping. No need to destroy it with an ugly bus terminal and massive buses clogging up the place.

Our so-called Green council needs to find its back bone (ditto our local state MP)and instead of allowing the state government to waste millions of taxpayers’ money on a very expensive beautification, town by-pass and bus terminal, council should be demanding the state government provide the train service we have needed for many years.

There’s no need for anyone to be suffering shocking potholed roads or the abomminal traffic congestion to get into Byron. There’s no need for anyone to arrive in Byron (or Mullum, or Bangalow) by road when there’s a perfectly good train line and train station in the centre of these towns.

Too much taxpayers’ money is being wasted on useless infrastructure that benefits no one.

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  1. The rotunda is not Iconic it is Eyechronic , a shack with no tack , a hut with a mutt and a humpy that is a bit lumpy. Sorry Lois but after living and growing up in Byron Bay for the past 53 years it is so nice seeing Railway Park getting a facelift and turning it into a welcoming place . The Tardis (Iconic Shack) could sit beside its older brother/sister that Byron Shire owns up on the waterfront ie the building that the B.B. Surf Club leases from council.
    The Butler St Markets site is not Iconic , it is also Eyechronic and could be so much better in the linear railway corridor with plenty of parking on the periphery of town in Butler St Reserve. The old market site is boring, hot and not that nice compared to Bangalow, The Channon or Eumundi sites. These sites have large car parks attached unlike Byron Bay Markets with its traffic parking Willy Nilly and in turn causing traffic nightmares.

    Anyway must go and jump back in The Tardis , I need to travel back in time for Iconic viewing of the cedar getting , the sand mining , the abattoirs and all the other iconic events that built our area but have since disappeared due to not changing with the times. I may even travel into the future and visit a flourishing linear markets within the old railway corridor (the new railway line is within the Pacific Highway corridor) , a Railway Park filled with families listening to The Strolling Bones performing inside a truly beautiful rotunda and a truly iconic new surf club building that our community can be proud of .
    Leaving a legacy for future generations instead of worn out non iconic eyesores is surely a good thing?

    • Hello Geoff, you mention Bangalow, The Channon and Eumundi Markets. If Byron Shire Council spent some money on landscaping and installing a Children’s Playground and some paving the Butler Street Reserve could be beautiful. The Byron Shire Council want to spend heaps of money to install the Bus Terminal and landscaping but won’t spend any money on the Butler Street Reserve now? I feel this is a bluff on all and as soon as they get the Community and Farmers Markets off the Butler Street Reserve the site will go to the highest bidder to develop.


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