Louise Doran, Ocean Shores.
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.