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May 15, 2021

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Geoff, it’s okay living the life at Lennox Head mate, but you’re wrong about the pretend bypass giving relief on Ewingsdale Road, leading into Byron Bay at any given time, let alone in summer.

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  1. Crikey what a late reply to my letter , a thousand snails have died of thirst since then .Looking forward to easy access from south Byron , Suffolk and Lennox out to the industrial estate when the cbd bypass is completed .

    • Dream on, Geoff!

      Look, I live in the south too and would love a faster way through Byron. It isn’t like there isn’t an alternative though. Council is currently constructing a well overdue bike track from Suffolk to Byron. How much better, safer and more cost effective could this have been if it utilised the rail corridor along with a bypass?

      I’m sad that there is levity about an endangered species. AN easy source of mirth, it’s unfortunate for the snail that it’s not more cute and cuddly but that doesn’t detract from the warning issued so recently by 240 conservation scientists about Australia’s extinction crisis. If anyone doesn’t understand the consequences of that it is in the best interests of us all that they become better informed.

      • Liz While the corridor will provide safe off road cycling for those travelling in and out of the Bay it will not serve the needs of others who need to go to schools and other destinations along the road south. Even with better cycling there will still be plenty of cars moving between south and north and the bypass will take that traffic out of the CBD. The impact on Mitch’ was assessed as minimal but let’s see what the Commonwealth concludes before shedding too many tears for the little fellow.

        • Thanks Peter. In terms of our extinction crisis the tears are as much for me and my grandchildren as they are for Mitch. I’m not suggesting good cycling infrastructure will reduce traffic enough to avoid ameliorative action. I’m just saying that if the rail corridor was used it could better incorporate a cycling section delivering a safer journey into the centre for cyclists and access further south for traffic than Mitre 10. I think the rail trail, which I’d very much enjoy would cope with this short area of dual use. No?

          I though the EIS failed to note the snails’ existence. If so, no wonder the impact was seen as minimal. Indeed let’s see what the feds say but it won’t change the many shortcomings of this route.

  2. Verbatim of my Letter to the Editor 4th September 2019- “The present council did what many in our community have wanted for the past 30 years. It may cause a slight environmental thinning of bush but the benefits far outweigh the loss.

    1. Emergency services’ secondary access across the railway corridor.

    2. Savings in time and money for local businesses and workers.

    3. Alleviate peak work-hour traffic jams.

    4. Give Butler St a new and quiet road service.

    5. Allow for a railway freight depot to be serviced directly without requiring the container trucks going down Jonson St.

    In short, it will be very busy during peak hours but quiet outside these hours and our emergency services will breathe a sigh of relief during those summer months when Jonson and Lawson streets are totally jammed.”


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