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Land acquisition still to be finalised over Byron bypass project

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Despite signed contracts, works commencing, and then halting on the Byron bypass project owing to a vulnerable snail in its path, it has emerged Council staff are yet to finalise land acquisition for the project.

According to the upcoming November 28 agenda, staff are asking councillors to agree to the ‘acquisition, including carrying out survey work and valuations, entering agreements with the relevant land owners, paying just compensation and registering the acquisitions’.

There’s no mention of why these details were not formalised before works commenced, only an estimation of what they believe the land is valued at and what it will cost to undertake.

Staff believe it will cost $20,000 to ‘conduct the survey and prepare the required plans,’ while adding it will be $30,000 to acquire two parcels of land, which are 20m2 from the old Norco building and 49m2 from the Mitre Ten building. Both parcels are to be dedicated as road.

It’s also unclear whether staff have even included that cost within the budget. The report concludes with, ‘It is envisaged that these costs associated with the acquisition and dedication of land as road has been budgeted for under Council’s General Ledger number 45480’.

The Echo previously reported that businesses in the area are concerned they will be impacted by a loss of parking.

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  1. to quote John Malkovichs character in the film Burn after Reading
    ‘…you are part of a league of morons’.’

    These are our ‘rulers’
    if narcissists are capable of embarrassment at least we can enjoy the thought of their hot faces as this tidbit becomes public. What else is there to discover, what else will come to light?

  2. And the cost of establishing lights, signage (and the impacts on traffic flow) of this new rail crossing, on the back of Cl’s traffic study supporting reintroduction of a train? And still no answer on why there is a 50 metre diameter roundabout on the one road in , one road out, bypass (with a bypass 90 degree turn that mirrors the present Jonson st and turn, where we have never needed a roundabout) Wouldnt have anything to do with future road connections to the roundabout to develop south into the wetlands, would it (the Bypass report states it is to keep traffic speeds up, but a curved road without a roundabout would actually do that).

  3. OMG how is this even possible?
    It has been a complete and hasty stuff up from the start. Yet Cr Lyon still bemoans the lack of public support for the damn fine job Council has done here. Michael – this is yet another reason. Or is this just more pragmatism? How many carts in front of your horse now? Sometimes in the real world when pets become afflicted with multiple issues it is often terminal and they unfortunately may have to be euthanised

  4. Turning “land” into “road” is sickening. Surrendering the town to roads just because of increased traffic is unsustainable, old world and dumb. More roads will just mean more traffic. Vehicles already have way to much priority. The town is finite. Alternatives are needed.

  5. I became aware of the inbriglio over the 2 pieces of land between Mitre 10 & the Old Norco Complex back in GM Eastcott’s reign. I was curious that the Draft Land Register described these lands as ‘CAR PARK’ when the By-pass enthusiasts were planning to use them for road access There have been numerous deals done over parking etc over these lands. At the Ordinary meeting of13th Aug ’09 I successfully moved for an investigation of, amongst other things, encuberances over Council’s land (Lot 7 DP 258071 & Lot 8 DP 818197). A report, duly furnished, showed carpark, right of carriageway & other easements of support favouring various parties (See Annexure 10(a) ordinary 24/6/10).
    From that point, despite Council being aware of the problems, the issue slipped back into the too hard basket, where it still lies.
    I predict it could cost millions for Council to dig itself out if this mess it it persists with the current project.


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