26.1 C
Byron Shire
February 25, 2021

Bypass Blues

Latest News

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Did Liberal-Nationals rort ‘bushfire’ recovery funds?

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) has joined the call to highlight the actions of the Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW government over the latest ‘Liberal-National government grant rorts scandal’.

Skennars Head

Joshua Scicluna, Skennars Head I am a resident of Skennars Head, and I am absolutely appalled to see my favourite...

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Lessons on resilience, regeneration from Iran

Zara Noruzi is one of the special guest speakers at the Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow, hosted by Renew Fest and Resilient Byron.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Loveday wins All Shorts second year in a row

Filmmakers travelled from where COVID allowed this weekend to be part of the 30th birthday celebrations for Flickerfest in...

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale

Those who believe the Byron bypass will relieve Byron’s traffic problems can, I believe, abandon all hope.

Those who have been in Byron for a few years will remember the terrible back-ups on Ewingsdale Road, stretching as far as BP Ozigo and further. Then Cr Rose Wanchap got the idea of creating two lanes into town, one lane on the left channeling cars to turn left at the main roundabout, the other for going straight ahead into Lawson or, right into Jonson. Rather surprisingly, this relieved the traffic congestion a great deal.

The new bypass eliminates that solution. Everyone who wants to go into town now must use a single lane, the left lane. The right lane has an arrow – straight ahead for those who wish to use the bypass, and a right arrow, which apparently points the way to the police station lawn.

So the bypass roundabout will, I think, become the new bottleneck. In addition, people using the bypass will of course cut off anyone trying to leave town, so we can look forward to much greater congestion in town on Jonson St and Lawson St.

That’s my prediction anyway. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

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. A good observation Charles. The bypass will only create problems and do little in the way of a solution. I’m not sure why people are so excited about it. The only way to ease traffic congestion will be to spend hundreds of millions on a full duplication of Ewingsdale road. Or, just stop the cars coming into town in the first place!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.