Island quarry closer to staging events

BYRON Bay's Island Quarry Reserve has moved a step closer to being able to hold major events thanks to a $40,000 State Government grant.

$30,000 of the grant will go towards building proper road access to the site which is required to activate Byron Council approval for events on the Ewingsdale Road site.

Announcing the funding at the Island Quarry last Friday, the Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly, said the remaining $10,000 would go towards developing a plan of management for the reserve.

President of the Island Quarry Trust, Shane Rennie, said the funding represented a major step forward in improving access to the reserve.

Mr Rennie said he would be seeking further grants and private funding to cover the $200,000-$300,000 cost of the roadwork.

He said he was hopeful the work would be completed by the end of the year.

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