David Michie, Byron Bay
Acting mayor Michael Lyon is correct that there is broad community support for the Butler Street bypass.
The design is far from perfect; it will have negative impacts on nearby residents, wetlands, and it is no silver bullet for Byron Bay’s traffic woes, but it is the only solution on offer.
This isn’t a choice between Butler Street and the railway corridor; it’s a choice between a project that begins construction in August, and another 5–10 years of traffic jams.
Council has already spent millions on development applications, engineering consultants, and legal battles. It has taken five years of negotiating with the NSW government to raise the funding for this project.
It has been approved by Byron’s councillors, the Northern Regional Planning Panel, and the Land & Environment Court.
Byron Bay has waited 40 years for a bypass. Let’s not wait another 40.
This is my personal opinion, not of the Byron Bay Masterplan Guidance Group.