Byron Shire Council is looking for an individual or team to reinvent the Byron Bay foreshore.
Byron Shire Council is looking for an individual or team to reinvent the Byron Bay foreshore. David Nielsen

Council seeks "visionary" to reinvent Byron Bay's foreshore

BYRON Bay's foreshore will be reinvented under a new Byron Bay Town Centre Master Plan, with expressions of interest being sought for developing the idea.

Expressions of interest have been extended until April 16 with Byron Shire mayor, Simon Richardson saying the council is looking for a "visionary" to create the master plan.

"We're looking for a visionary, or a team, that can capture the famous laidback and eclectic coastal lifestyle, and update precincts with dynamic spaces that will link the town centre to the foreshore," Cr Richardson said.

The master plan should have a strong focus on "movability", the mayor said, with ideas sought on how the town centre and laneways can be activated, along with opportunities to showcase the creative arts through public art and performance spaces.

"This is a new chapter for the Byron Bay town centre and our community is looking for a new author that can encapsulate our spirit and help build a strong sense of pride," he said.

"We are aiming for a safe environment through the provision of high quality street works and a vibrant night time economy that will encourage families into the Bay."

The council voted last November to develop the master plan, with Cr Richardson saying at the time Byron Bay's reputation as a safe and vibrant place to visit and live had come under threat.

"The town centre needs a refresh and a complete revitalisation to ensure it retains its status as one of Australia's iconic places to live, work and visit," he said.

"It's time to act and reclaim Byron Bay as a brilliant place to walk, cycle, meet and enjoy."

MASTER PLAN ELEMENTS:

  • Place Making
  • Sustainability - innovative designs that respond to a sub-tropical climate
  • Public Domain - looking at public spaces
  • Economy - particularly the night-time economy
  • Built Form - looking at character, heritage, climate and precincts
  • Culture and Identity
  • Transportation
  • Pedestrianisation
  • Foreshore - and its relationship with the town centre
  • Climate Change and Drainage

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