Arakwal Elders, dancers, residents, business owners and families gathered to celebrate the re-opening of Byron Bay’s upgraded Railway Park on Saturday.
The $2.1 million project includes 11 indigenous artworks that have been sand-blasted into the paths of the park, a new children’s playground and a boardwalk through the Cottonwood trees.
‘Railway Park was looking very tired and this project has brought it back to life, rekindling the spirit of the local community at the same time,’ said Byron Shire Deputy Mayor, Sarah Ndiaye.
‘It’s terrific to see the Cottonwoods retained as a feature of the park and to see our local Indigenous culture featured so strongly via the artwork and the plaque acknowledging the Native Title history of the area.’
‘The park was the first project to emerge from the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan, which was adopted in June 2016 and is now
overseen by the Masterplan Guidance Group which has been working alongside Council for the last four years.
The project has also included drainage improvements to alleviate flooding impacts in the town centre and has included the installation of recycled water irrigation to keep the park looking green year round.