Robert Gibson, Byron Bay
Is a rotunda still a rotunda if you can no longer walk around it? For 15 years the Byron Environment Information Centre (BEC) has been ‘a place to get in touch with current environmental issues and with Byron’s activist heart’. Now it will no longer be prominent and central in Railway Park!
Is this just a sign of the times that the BEC rotunda is now sidelined in this space, and ends up dwarfed by a bank?
While not downplaying the need for an upgrade of this public park, I feel that this is all part of some fundamental cultural shift in the town, wherein Council proposals challenge community market places, and Butler Street residents are asked to suck it up when their neighbourhood turns into a traffic throughway.
And with a proposed bus transit centre, Butler Street becomes as busy as the CBD. Amid a cultural shift that sees building height limits stretched, development densities exceeded, where town planning morphs into urban design and environmental assets stand scared in the way of progress – I feel marooned in Mercatoland.
Perhaps the environment centre should feel lucky they were not knocked right out of the park!