News

Byron CBD bypass is not a silver bullet, says Mayor

BYPASS ANNOUNCEMENT: Acting Premier Andrew Stoner, Roads Minister Duncan Gay, Ballina MP Don Page and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.
BYPASS ANNOUNCEMENT: Acting Premier Andrew Stoner, Roads Minister Duncan Gay, Ballina MP Don Page and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson. Megan Kinniment

BYRON Shire Mayor Simon Richardson doesn't see the newly announced Byron CBD bypass as any kind of silver bullet to fix traffic congestion in and around Byron Bay.

But he does see it as a welcome first step in finding a solution to Byron's congestion woes that will include park-and-ride options and the use of the existing rail corridor.

"Byron Bay has a particular set of circumstances, with effectively one road into town and the bulk of the traffic coming from the north," he said.

Cr Richardson also fears that if Byron Bay develops more roads, then that capacity will quickly be filled with more cars.

"In Australia, as in America, we are very wedded to our cars and I fear that if we build more roads, we will get more cars," he said.

"The way to deal with traffic is to keep the traffic out and in the past the council have engaged park-and-ride plans for events such as New Year's Eve.

"The North Byron Events site already has two carriages to run on the rails and it would be great to incentivise and encourage visitors to use options like these to get into town."

He does see benefits arising from the new Butler St bypass.

"People from the Arts and Industry Estate and those living to the south in places like Suffolk Park will be able to move across town more easily," he said.

Cr Richardson also does not buy into the theory that the $10.2m for the bypass has appeared as a way of facilitating the West Byron Development.

Topics:  simon richardson, traffic


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Vale Barb Pinter- community champion

BARB PINTER: Co-ordinator of the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group.

VALE Barb Pinter who passed away last weekend.

Coffee Tardis helps local women reconnect with work

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Shane Hogan, Paul Spooner, Celeste Harris, Anne Goslett, Trevor Sleep, Helen Hamilton, Rod McKelvey and Rodney Contojohon.

Pay it forward at the Coffee BOX opening in Byron bay next week.

Take a look at the draft plan for Byron’s coast

Byron Shire Council have said they’d love to have your input

Latest deals and offers

Nats promise to restore Bangalow Weir if re-elected

THE Nationals have promised $250,000 for the Bangalow Weir to be restored if a Coalition Government is re-elected.

Vale Barb Pinter- community champion

BARB PINTER: Co-ordinator of the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group.

VALE Barb Pinter who passed away last weekend.

Coffee Tardis helps local women reconnect with work

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Shane Hogan, Paul Spooner, Celeste Harris, Anne Goslett, Trevor Sleep, Helen Hamilton, Rod McKelvey and Rodney Contojohon.

Pay it forward at the Coffee BOX opening in Byron bay next week.

Take a look at the draft plan for Byron’s coast

Byron Shire Council have said they’d love to have your input

ELECTION 2016: Richmond candidates address affordable housing and negative gearing.

AFFORDABLE: Are places like the Kollective in Sunrise the answer for affordable medium density housing.

Will negative gearing changes produce more affordable housing

Build a fence around Byron and charge admission, says mayor

It might be the only way this tourist town can get grant funding

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest