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The NSW Deputy Premier has promised to provide $25 million to fix Byron’s roads and other basic infrastructure if his government is re-elected at the up-coming state election.

In a joint announcement on Thursday with Ben Franklin, the Nationals’ candidate for the seat of Ballina, John Barilaro pledged to set up a fund to help manage the impacts of tourism in the Shire.

Nationals candidate for Ballina has pledged $25m to fix Byron’s roads. Photo: Lewis Templar. www.templarphotographic.com

‘Byron Bay … attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, and while these visitors are great for the local economy, over time this has put added pressure on local roads and infrastructure,’ Mr Barilaro said.

‘If we want this area to continue to be a fantastic place for tourists, it also has to be a fantastic place for the locals and residents who call it home,’ he said.

The fund could be used for a mix of local infrastructure, including carparks, toilets and town centre upgrades, but 80 per cent of it would have to be spent on local roads and traffic.

Mr Franklin said the funding would be allocated ‘in close consultation with Byron Shire Council and the local community’.

However, neither he nor Mr Barilaro would be drawn on whether there would be any ongoing funding for roads beyond this year, saying only that the fund was a ‘pilot program’.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. NSW Deputy Premier.
    The stats have been done (for commercial reasons); the Byron Bay region attracts 1.5 million visitors every year, not hundreds of thousands… Please be up to date with the details the next time you try porking more into the barrel.

  2. These pre-election pledges make me sick – dangling the carrot for things that needed fixing years ago in return for votes. Get on with the job now. The State Government have been absolutely raking it in on stamp duty & land tax for decades thanks to the property boom and then they just throw us a bone with $100 vouchers for kids sporting costs. Rage.

  3. The Lismore Shire has the worst roads I have ever had the misfortune to endure. Where is the money for those. My car and my bike have both been damaged due to the condition of Blue Knob Road. Then there is also the danger of cars crossing the centre of the road to miss them. And the police want to fine us for doing that. Ridiculous!

  4. Does the Premier even have a clue where Byron bay is? She has billions to spend in ‘NSW’, but peanuts in the rest of the state. Can’t stand politicians.

  5. The deviousness of Ben Franklin and Co promising funding but then not guaranteeing funds will be available. A pilot program!
    The Nationals, Ben Franklin has abandoned his very constituents in Eureka his heartland. An application for funding to upgrade the Eureka Hall toilets so as to install a disability toilet was rejected. This outcome has marginalised many in the community from accessing community events.
    Furthermore every time the wider community raises serious concerns about developments Mr Franklin has a bob each way. It sounds like the Nats will tell us anything just to get into power..then what!

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