John Lazarus, Byron Bay
Byron Shire Council’s Railway Park Plan of Management up for comment article (Echo August 1) fails to explain the ramifications of changing Railway Park’s classification from the present classification of Park, to Council’s proposed reclassification to General Community Use.
The present classification of Park requires that the site is basically used for passive recreation, with casual use of licensed events, markets etc.
The proposed reclassification to General Community Use would allow a higher intensity of permanent commercial use and the construction of buildings (eg the Masterplan’s proposed construction of an art gallery on the park, but also buildings for cafes etc).
The Byron Environment Centre (BEC) opposes Council’s proposal to reclassify Railway Park from the present classification of Park, and calls on the community to put in a submission rejecting Council’s proposed change.
The BEC says keep the present Park classification to enshrine this park as a passive recreational green space in the centre of town, that will continue to be a place for rallies, protests, events and markets, not for increased commercial activities, nor for construction of buildings.
There will be a public hearing held on the proposed change of classification category, at the Council Chambers, Station Street, Mullumbimby on August 21.
Any person wishing to make a verbal or written submission to the public hearing should send their submission (to speak register their interest) to [email protected] by 4pm 14 August.