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April 13, 2021

Butler St Reserve to be retained for recreation, markets

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Considerable debate and controversy had surrounded what would happen to the former landfill site after the construction of the Byron Bypass.

Council had previously discussed the possibility of building a three-storey carpark there to accommodate traffic coming into town via the new road.

However, at Thursday’s council meeting, councillors voted unanimously to retain the reserve for ‘passive recreation, ground parking and community uses including markets’.

It also voted to ‘remove the option of an expansion of the 3-storey commercial zone from the consideration of the future use or zoning of the Butler St Reserve site’.

‘There’s no way in hell we’re going to build a three-storey carpark on that site,’ Byron Mayor Simon Richardson said.

‘We didn’t realise until recently how much contamination there was on that site.’

Council’s Manager of Assets and Major Projects, Phil Warner said preliminary investigations of the site had found that the council could go forward with surface activities, though even this would require further monitoring.

‘Any option [involving work] that goes beneath the surface is very costly,’ Mr Warner said.

‘When remediation was considered by Transport NSW it was found to be very, very costly because it’s on a former landfill.

‘The investigation we’re currently determining is the extent of that landfill.’


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4 COMMENTS

  1. The major commercial development is the roadway. Four lanes, two lanes either way and cycle path on either side and a walkway on either side. Is that not a Bypass? What are we getting for our money some single-lane pot-holed job.

  2. Will wait to see the Minutes. The Masterplan has also the construction of multistorey apartments on the Reserve, and the vote apears to not address the conflict on how a Reserve for Public Recreation can be used as a 7 day a week car park

  3. A ‘car park’ and ‘passive recreation’ are mutually exclusive. It makes no sense!!!!

    Here’s an example (U.S.) of what passive recreation means:

    A passive recreation area is generally an undeveloped space or environmentally sensitive area that requires minimal development. Entities such as a parks department may maintain passive recreation areas for the health and well-being of the public and for the preservation of wildlife and the environment. The quality of the environment and “naturalness” of an area is the the focus of the recreational experience in a passive recreation area.
    from: https://definitions.uslegal.com/p/passive-recreation-area/

  4. It is remarkable that the site is too contaminated to build a car park, but OK to put the markets on. Does not make sense to me.

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