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July 1, 2022

Paving paradise

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Margaret Lewis, Lennox Head.

Please congratulate Mandy on another excellent piece, Dear Tourist.

I live in Lennox Head and we are so quickly going down the same path. Every bit of land left is being built on or concreted to make bike paths!

How can we make the powers that be, understand that we don’t want to live like this –that’s why we live where we do.

I love Byron but will not go there at all during holiday times and now that you have to pay to park, I don’t go there much at all. It’s so sad.

Well done Mandy for bringing to light this very real problem in such a humorous way


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  1. It is bad enough not to have in Australia the sort of cycling infrastructure that Northern Europeans take for granted, but it rubs salt in the wound to have people who drive cars suggesting ” Every bit of land left is being built on or concreted to make bike paths!” ( I presume by the reference to paid parking that Ms Lewis drives a car). Because of their width and the speed they travel a car requires more than a hundred times the paved area per vehicle than a cycle. The only cycle path in Lennox is a well made broadening of the footpath along Shennars and North Creek Roads, and the mixed use path along the foreshore, mainly used by walkers. The parking alone for cars would cover a greater area. The Ballina Shire Council has done a better job than others with limited resources, but there is no safe way to cycle along Ross Lane or along the main coastal route from Ballina – to suggest that lovely piece of paradise is being paved with cycle paths is nonsense.


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