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May 12, 2021

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But, sorry, there is a but – I am appealing to our mayor to find a way to focus the available manpower that we have, to find a way to open up the bypass tomorrow. Work on nothing else, just get the bypass open, it is urgent.

The community is at breaking point, they have been tolerant, they have been patient, they have queued endlessly, they have stuffed their frustration back down their throats and just got on with life, but today with the Lollipop men on Lawson street, the traffic backup was just insane, this on a Monday, and not anywhere near the busier times that are coming.

Right now, Byron Bay’s poor, worn out residents just deserve a reward. They’ve earned it.

I made the mistake of going to Bunnings today, but being stoic, I thought, oh never mind, I’ll just risk my life, and come home to Mackay Street over St Helena (me and quite a few others) and you know, while waiting to turn right into Mackay Street, with all the traffic waiting behind me, some nice driver who had just spent 40 minutes trying to get home, blinked his lights, gave me a wave, and held up his queue, so I could cross, and let the others behind me get going again too.

Byron Bay people are kind, but they have been truly tried. They need a hero to step up and find a way to get the job done. It’s there, There has to be a way to do it.

There must be a reward for all the suffering already undertaken, we can’t really be expected to just go on as things are until February, it is too much! Please help us.



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  1. Hallelujah, that bypass will cure all our woes….. just by moving the congestion 800m south!
    Especially once we have shops and cafes and all day parking along both sides for its whole length. Magic!

  2. Unfortunately this is well and truly out of the Mayor’s control. It’s also out of Council’s control. They are required by law to have sound barriers up before it can be opened to anything so that’s gotta happen first. Mayor nor Council nor anyone can change that I’m afraid. I’m not getting my hopes up about the bypass fixing traffic though. It won’t change a thing. Give it a year or so and it’ll just be another main road. But you’re absolutely right, we need some reprieve after so bloody long! Maybe we need to look beyond roads for that?

    • Yes, reducing traffic congestion in Byron Bay is out of council’s, and ratepayers control and budget. It’s the responsibility of state government to provide public transport. That’s why we all pay tax.

      Already $30m plus of taxpayers’ money has been spent on six kilometers of Ewingsdale Rd and the by-pass in a futile attempt to try and reduce traffic congestion.

      In contrast, it cost $1.8m to restore three kilometers of rail line to run the Solar Train. $30m spent on the train line could take thousands of cars off Ewingsdale Rd. Restoring the whole 132 kilometers of line and building the 22ks connection from Murwillumbah to Coolangatta, as promised by the National Party for many years, would not only be more cost effective than all the expensive roadworks, it would take millions of cars off the roads, reduce traffic congestion and emissions, and restore quality of life for locals.


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