10.6 C
Byron Shire
October 4, 2022

Bypass delayed – blame COVID and protesters

Latest News

Hearing Australia urges action on workplace hearing loss  

With more than 1.1 million Australians continuing to be exposed to harmful noise levels in the workplace, Hearing Australia is urging workers to protect their ears from dangerously loud sounds.

Other News

What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.

Acid sulfate soil run off impacting health of fish and Tweed River

Acid sulfate soil (ASS)-related runoff from floodplain drains is affecting water quality and the health of fish in the Tweed River and Tweed Shire Council (TSC) are seeking to assist landholders with improving water quality projects. 

$8.5m allocated for upgrade of Goonellabah to Wollongbar Road

Funding to investigate and upgrade the Bruxner Highway between Goonellabah and Wollongbar has been allocated by the Federal and NSW State governments.

Police suspect dies at Clothiers Creek

NSW Police say a critical incident investigation has commenced following the death of a man at Clothiers Creek yesterday.

NSW says ‘No’ to decriminalising drugs but pivots towards a health-based response

After waiting almost three years to respond to the recommendations of the NSW Ice Inquiry NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet, has rejected the recommendation to decriminalise use of illicit drugs. 

Council lists protests first on their long list of reasons the Byron bypass won’t be done on time.

Byron Bay Bypass now scheduled to open in February 2021 and Council has listed COVID-19, protests and allegations of a breach of the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act as some of the reasons they cannot deliver the controversial road on time.

Council says that the Byron Bay bypass project, despite substantial challenges, is progressing well towards completion and will be opened for traffic by the end of February 2021.

A construction shutdown is scheduled over Christmas, and there will be no disruption to traffic as a result of the project during the holiday period.

Director of Infrastructure Services Phil Holloway said this will be our last Christmas and New Year period without the Byron Bypass. ‘Council looks forward to opening the project in full before the end of summer.

‘The project has been in the planning for over 30 years, and there isn’t long to wait now before we can all experience it.’

A long list of why it isn’t their fault

Council said that while work has been progressing well in recent months a series of events have held up some aspects of the project. These include: Protests at the start of the project in July 2019; A referral to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) after allegations that activities planned for Stage 2 of the project were in breach of the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act; A number of unknown site conditions during construction such as old sewer mains, contaminated soils, poorer than expected ground conditions throughout parts of the project, and heritage footings that were uncovered and referred to Heritage NSW; The Queensland COVID-19 border closure had an impact on the availability of sub-contractors for construction projects in northern NSW; One of the development consent conditions for the Bypass project is that noise abatement works are completed in full, prior to the opening of the new road.

Council says that while the majority of the work will be completed before Christmas, Council is not permitted by law to open the Bypass in full, until these works are complete.

‘We look forward to the many benefits this major infrastructure project will bring, including giving an option to keep cars outside of Jonson Street, improved connectivity between the North and South of Byron Bay as well as several kilometres of new shared path facilities,’ said Mr Holloway.

‘It must be acknowledged that Byron’s traffic woes are complex in nature, and the goal of the Bypass project has never been to provide a silver bullet to alleviate traffic congestion on Ewingsdale Road.

‘In addition to our most recent roundabout upgrades at Sunrise Boulevard and Bayshore Drive, Transport for NSW is commencing a new signalization project at the Ewingsdale interchange. The work is due to start before the end of the year. The goal of this work is to stop traffic cueing on the M1 and improve safety at the interchange.’

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.


  1. Not sure what, if any difference, the bypass will make in its current form. Byron needs a triple bypass to deal with the traffic that daily stretches out Ewingsdale Rd from the Police Station to Bunnings at any time of any given day. I note that the Lollipop sign spinners at the Johnson St roundabout have made some small improvements and stopped pedestrians wandering like Brown’s cows across the street. What needs to be done to make best use of the Byron Bay Bypass (BBB) is that there needs to be two traffic lanes stretching from the Police Station roundabout back along Shirley Street to Milton Street in order to allow the left turning traffic going to Johnson Street to ‘get out of the way’ of the traffic that wants to go straight ahead and use the BBB. Without this the BBB will be deemed a failure without being given the best chance of success.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Don’t forget your life jacket

A statewide waterway compliance blitz has found a that a large number of boaters are failing to carry and wear a lifejacket as requuried.

‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.