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Luxury Talofa cabins approved by councillors

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Artists impression of cabin and plunge pool for Talofa Palms development on Bangalow Road.

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A holiday cabin development in Talofa will go ahead with half the number of parking spaces the developer requested, after Byron Council granted conditional approval last week.

Talofa Palms – on 533 Bangalow Road – will now involve six cabins (not eight), each with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a plunge pool.

Greens Mayor, Simon Richardson, said, ‘I think minimising car parking is a good thing – I’m a bit sick of putting parking spaces at the front and centre of every development that comes before us’.

‘If I go to any Reflections holiday caravan park, I get one car spot, and if there’s an extra person with me who has a car, then they park in a visitor space.

‘It means you can landscape more effectively, and just generally soften things.’

As part of the project, the developer has agreed to implement a vegetation management plan involving restoration of the Byron Creek riparian corridor through the centre of the property.

To ensure the restoration work is actually carried out, a condition from last week’s meeting states that the primary elements of it must be completed prior to the issue of an occupation certificate.

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  1. If I am not mistaken this development is directly across the road from a similar recently completed set of 6 cabins (Carinya Cabins). With the added 6 across the road now provisionally approved it appears that we have a new village. Talofa Heights perhaps.

  2. Simon Richardson, said, ‘If I go to any Reflections holiday caravan park, I get one car spot, and if there’s an extra person with me who has a car, then they park in a visitor space. I say to you Simon, no they do not!
    Simon, this is an issue that you are seriously mistaken about. How many visitor parking spaces do Reflections have for over 170 sites at The Terrace holiday park for example? A maximum proposal of 12!. The other holiday parks are at a similar ratio, being so few, as to be irrelevant. Many people come for extended stays at these parks that have virtually no visitor spaces. They have friends and family driving into towns staying with them and because these parks are NOT required to provide any significant visitor spaces, they spill out into the rest of the neighbourhoods. These self interested industries become a pariah in our villages and towns. We need a tourism control plan that works. Byron Bay is already an industrial town based on…tourism. Byron along with Brunswick has and is being denuded of the very things that have made them so attractive and with no relevant plan they will continue to loose their charm and beauty to this uncontrolled industry.

  3. The very thing that made our towns so attractive is not car parks Car parks act like a magnet for traffic and it is the one thing that detracts from the amenity for locals and visitors
    We need a comprehensive traffic reduction strategy.


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