Byron Bay is continually referred to as an ‘iconic’ place.
Perhaps the current custodians of Byron Bay should note the principles by which other iconic locations conduct business. These include:
- Maintaining the ‘essence’ of the area. Don’t change those things that make the place iconic. Eg. Moving the long-time established Butler street Byron Bay Markets. This ‘Green Space’ is one of the few remaining inner urban parklands. Surely no ‘Green Mayor’ would contemplate any change other than enhancing the green nature of the area.
- Protect the intrinsic nature of the iconic location by preventing overdevelopment, despite pressure from big business, developers etc.
- Apply a congestion tax to vehicles other than those of residents. This would require the council to build large carparks out of town and provide transport to people wanting to enter the town centre. This would solve the problem of buses, Winnebagos, caravans and large trucks trying to navigate the roundabouts and the massive traffic congestion that currently faces visitors trying to enjoy their stay in Byron.
- It would move the bus station to a location away from the town centre (not one street away) but completely out of town like so many other progressive ‘iconic’ places in the world.
It’s hard to fathom why our council would need a tax payer funded overseas jaunt to discover these facts: facts that everyone else in Byron Bay is aware of.
Catherine Henniker, Byron Bay