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May 22, 2024

Community campaign to save Butler Street Reserve

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A community-based campaign is underway to have the Butler Street Reserve in Byron Bay retained as public open space. This is in preference to proposals by Byro Shire Council for an interstate bus terminal, business concessions and a metered parking lot.

The site is the long-time home of the popular Byron Community Market and Farmers’ Markets. It is also an officially designated buffer zone for the Cumbebin Nature Reserve and functions as a watershed into the surrounding wetlands and Belongil Creek.

The NPWS Office of Environment and Heritage identifies 43 threatened animal species that are known or likely to occur, or have potential habitat, within the area.

Byron Bay is already blanketed with tourism operators and generic infrastructure. Instead of more of the same, let’s revegetate and beautify one of our last remaining tracts of undeveloped land to serve as a focal point for the town’s future expansion.

Join us on our Save Butler Reserve Facebook page.


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