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June 25, 2024

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I am writing to give my opinion on the proposed new shared pathway for Raftons Road and Leslie Street in Bangalow. This pathway is urgently needed. 

Raftons Road and Leslie Street are a frequently used important connection to Bangalow town centre for the residents who live on the western side of town. Cars are fast going downhill and fast going up. Pedestrians and cyclists have to negotiate the busy road, walk and cycle around parked cars while keeping close to the curb. 

There is a childcare centre at the bottom of Raftons Road. I meet mums walking, rather than driving, to drop off or pick up their kids seeing it as an opportunity to get some exercise. 

On the day of the Billy Cart Derby we walked into town with our two dogs. Our older dog got the privilege of riding in the dog stroller. I realised how pushing a stroller must be a challenge for mums and dads on these roads. Leslie Street was chock-full with parked cars leaving only a narrow space for the young families with kids on scooters and many pedestrians to walk on the roadway that is a blind spot for the oncoming traffic – risky indeed! 

I wished for the safety of a pathway more than ever. A week later, I noticed with delight Council’s announcement about building the shared pathway and asking for community opinion. In my submission I also mentioned the necessity of a pathway for Rifle Range Road, which is commonly used by school children. 

We enjoy a friendly neighbourhood community in this part of town. Walking opens up the occasion for social exchange. Since the distance into town is easy, designated pathways promote leaving the car at home. I wholly welcome the footpath proposal for the support of community life, safety and healthier living.

Antoinette Ensbey, Bangalow

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  1. This project indeed sounds like a great asset and one that most Bangalow residents would welcome. I believe also that Council has a grant to complete this work but it is in danger of being lost by the Council’s vacillation on the rail corridor.

    While TOOT and NRRAG have been religiously holding to the feasibility of the return of rail, and Council has expended funds on studies and reports, the 20th anniversary of the line closure is approaching with no viable resurrection proposals materialising from either private investors, state or local government.

    Every year that has passed has seen the line and bridges further deteriorate. This shire and its corridor is now also surrounded by LGAs who have completed or committed to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

    It’s time pure stubbornness stopped depriving Byron Shire residents of gaining the benefits of being part of the fabulous Northern Rivers Rail Trail and all of these more local additional benefits of unlocking the potential of the rail corridor.

    I’ll apologise in advance for the avalanche of replies my comments are likely to attract but Council will be making a decision soon about the future of our rail corridor. It’s time for the realistic majority to let our councillors know we don’t want these opportunities to slip by us.


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