29.9 C
Byron Shire
February 5, 2023

Franklin delivers on roads funding

Latest News

Natural history

While I have not the informed authority to confirm John Bradley’s musings on the birds that seem to be...

Other News

Kura and Sou: two authentic Japanese Byron restaurants

Simon Haslam Kura is an authentic Japanese restaurant serving yakitori, sushi and ramen, located in the heart of Byron Bay....

Oil spill on M1 near Byron, traffic backed up to Brunswick Heads exit

An accident on the M1 has brought southbound traffic to a standstill from the Brunswick Heads exit at Gulgan Road and Tweed Street.

Lismore trial of recycled crushed glass in concrete

A trial to use recycled crushed glass in concrete as a replacement for sand will be taking place in Lismore at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.

Dr Philip Nitschke to visit Lismore

Controversial founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, Dr Philip Nitschke will hold a free public meeting on NSW’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying Act at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday.

A play that puzzles and delights

The multi-award-winning play is a puzzle of scenes that are slowly put together by the audience to tell the...

Looking forward, looking back with Jeff Johnson

Long term independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson reflects on the challenges of the past year, and his priorities for 2023.

NSW parliamentary secretary for Energy and the Arts, MLC Ben Franklin and Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson. Photo Jeff Dawson.

In the lead up to the last election NSW elections Nationals candidate Ben Franklin made a clear bid to win over the electorate of Ballina. Franklin promised that, if elected, the Liberal-National coalition would commit to $25 million for the roads of Byron Shire. Mr Franklin has now ensured that his conservative government has delivered on that promise despite the fact that he didn’t get elected as MP for Ballina.

The funding is from the NSW government’s Tourism Impacts Infrastructure which is providing two grants to help Byron Shire Council manage the impact of tourism. 

One grant is for $20 million to help Council improve its road network. The second grant of $5 million is to support projects that towns that are impacted by tourism.

Announcing the details of how the $25m will be spent Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson was joined by the now NSW parliamentary secretary for Energy and the Arts, MLC Ben Franklin last Friday at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay.

‘During last year’s state election, I announced this commitment which I am proud to be delivering today,’ Mr Franklin said.

‘The value of Byron Shire tourism to our state is substantial which is why I have strongly advocated that the government provide a greater level of support in return.

‘That is what this announcement does,’ he said.

It has been decided that the grants will be rolled out over the next three years and will include a new skatepark and recreation precinct for the Sandhills Estate and road improvements across the Byron Shire.

‘On behalf of Council I sincerely thank Ben Franklin, and the NSW government, for this much-needed injection of money into our Shire which, for many years, has struggled to accommodate the increasing numbers of tourists who come here for the “Byron” experience,’ said Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson.

‘With more than 2.1 million visitors a year Council really struggles to provide the infrastructure for local residents and businesses as well as tourists. The fact that for many years elected Councils prioritised other areas above funding for road infrastructure has meant our road networks are in desperate need of repair and with a rate base of only 15,1800 we just don’t have the money,’ he said.

‘Added to Council’s more recent funding increases on roads and other infrastructure, this injection of money will have a massive impact and we are incredibly blown away by the tenacity shown by Ben to fight against any moves to reallocate this election promised fund to deliver to us a “once in a generation” opportunity to get cracking on fixing our roads.’

The $20 million road fund will deliver:

·         $10.15 million of improvements for:

–          Kingsley St (Byron Bay)

–          Carlyle St (Byron Bay)

–          Lawson St (Byron Bay)

–          Bayshore Drive (Byron Bay)

–          Fern St (Mullumbimby)

–          Stuart St (Mullumbimby)

–          Tincogan St (Mullumbimby)

–          Main Arm Rd (Mullumbimby – Main Arm)

–          The Pocket Rd (Main Arm – Billinudgel)

–          Old Bangalow Rd (Talofa)

·         $3.8 million for Shire-wide asphalt overlay program

·         $3.65 million for Shire-wide reseal program

·         $2.4 million for Shire-wide patching program

The $5 million grant to support tourism communities will provide:

·         $2.05 million for the Sandhills Estate activation including a new skatepark and recreation precinct linking the Byron Bay Rec Grounds, Main Beach, Tennyson St, Massinger St and Byron St

·         $1.57 million for completion of the Byron Bay to Suffolk Park cycle path

·         $945,000 for the reconstruction and upgrade of South Arm carpark at Brunswick Heads

·         $435,000 to improve public facilities at Byron Bay’s Main Beach.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Great for cars and commuters. Presumably traffic speeds will increase and rates of wildlife injury and fatality will increase. Could Council consider installing wildlife fencing or speed bumps to address wildlife loss?

  2. These guys spent $6 million on the Bayshore Dr roundabout and these are old figures. So don’t hold your breath thinking you are going to get much. I’d say about 3,5 roundabouts at today’s prices.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Community advocacy

I am a small business owner of Byron Central Apartments. Tamara Smith MP has recently supported us on two separate occasions advocating effectively with...

Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of the fence. A well-to-do lawyer...

Land values rise

Your cover story on 25 January claims that land valuation rises could herald increases in Council rates. This is potentially misleading. A council’s total...

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy.