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Gnomes of Ewingsdale interchange

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There is a cave below the Ewingsdale traffic interchange where gnomes are preparing a spaghetti of roads, Escheresque circles to permanently park slow moving cars coming off the freeway.

In the 1890s depression our government built the North Coast railway, in the 1930s bridges across rivers, including the Brunswick River bridge. Now faced with a depression we plan roads to nowhere for the small sum of $78,000,000. When Ewingsdale Road being a two or three person transit road [no single occupancy cars] for four hours a day would probably solve the same problem.

With $78m within a proper strategic transport plan, a fully revamped and functional multimodal transport corridor along the railway line from Yelgun to Bangalow could be created. This would include car parks and community facilities in the north and south of the Shire. You could also include new safe eco-villages along the line of subsidised housing for our young people, old people, artists, and weirdos.

Or a better waste of money, replicate the hospital, that causes the problem – but maybe somewhere accessible to the community this time?

But let’s just follow the implications of the proposed spaghetti, and more traffic onto Ewingsdale Road, creating the need far sooner for a dual carriageway all the way to Byron Bay, at maybe $200,000,000, and then maybe the need for more spaghetti at Ewingsdale, and maybe a new bypass to bypass the bypass…

Councillor Cameron should be supported on this – this is egregious.

Is it surprising gnomes in a cave have so little vision?

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  1. Yep, its a joke. The railway line should be utilised for rail shuttles in and out of town, say between Mullum. $78M would pay for that many times over! The amenity of Byron will be further diminished with bigger and bigger roads which ultimately just bring more traffic. Reducing the cars in town is the only way to solve traffic, not encouraging more in!


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