10.9 C
Byron Shire
September 22, 2021

Green light for Byron’s new bus station

Latest News

September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Other News

A moment of your life?

Six questions for Jehovah’s Witness doorknockers: 1. Are you aware that the 2016 Royal Commission into Institutional Handling of Child...

Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.

COVID update includes trial of home quarantine

When media were told that NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian would be at today's 11am update, we expected big news – the Premier said last week she would only attend the updates if it were important news.

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Wearing drink bottles on your bum to save rainforests

Undies entrepreneur Brendan Lo doesn’t see himself as a smart arse, but his take on some old bit of wisdom is a bit cheeky.

Mighty energetic greens

  Avi Karny wasn’t always an organic farmer. He began his professional life as a scientist, completing a Masters in...

Hans Lovejoy

Designs for a bus interchange within Byron Bay’s rail corridor have been signed off by the state government, with plans for 57 new parking spaces in the Rails car park.

According to plans, there will be three dedicated bus bays, taxi and rideshare spaces, accessible parking and seating, and an upgraded pedestrian crossing. The South Lawson Street car park will see 30 new parking spaces.

Conceptual plans of the bus interchange. The interchange includes a cafe and a plaza. Image supplied

Local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin says work should start in April, with the project expected to take about 14 months to complete. ‘This is about making it easier and more attractive to leave the car at home’, he said.

‘Both car parks will receive upgrades such as drainage, surface improvements, lighting and CCTV, with upgrades due to start after Easter.’

Yet, like the Butler Street bypass project, the bus interchange is mired in questionable process.

While Franklin says, ‘Transport for NSW had listened to feedback during community consultation,’ those most affected disagree.

No consultation 

Butler Street resident Paul Jones told The Echo, ‘I notice no change in the massive documentation set for the project that was effectively completed and put out to tender before we were consulted – it makes a mockery of the process.’

He says the design of the interchange is ‘convoluted and forced in a confined space, has [affected]heritage and visual aspects and [created] pollution (noise, light, fumes) impacts immediately adjacent to a settled heritage residential area. 

‘The interchange will operate 4am to 11pm, seven days a week, with up to 128 buses a day and 89 vans, and these are just the starting numbers. Further concerns are the inevitable attraction these facilities provide for vagrants, and the location of the public toilets on the main pedestrian link into town’.

In June 2019, The Echo reported that no consultation was afforded the community for its location, which was owing to it being a significant NSW infrastructure project.

Both Council and Transport for NSW handballed responsibility around why the location was chosen.

Greens mayor Simon Richardson told The Echo, at the time, that he and and former Council GM, Ken Gainger, travelled to Sydney to lobby the state government to change the interchange’s location to be near the water tower and for it to be reduced in size. 

‘Now we will be able to open the corridor land to public use and reactivate the tracks for possible shuttle uses etc,’ the mayor said. 

Costings for the project were requested by The Echo, but are yet to be supplied by Transport for NSW.


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.