Major bypass plan floated
Ballina MP Don Page will seek funds from the State Government for a feasibility study into a major bypass option for Byron Bay.
The option, utilising Melaleuca Drive off Ewingsdale Road, was put forward to Mr Page by West Byron Bay land owner Michael Fletcher.
Mr Fletcher said he would be willing to donate some of his land for the bypass in exchange for approval for an over-55s housing project.
He said he had spoken to the other landholders who would be affected by the option which would see a bypass link up with Bangalow Road near the intersection of Old Bangalow Road and who would allow the bypass to cross their land in return for development concessions.
There were existing roads that could be used for a bypass, with a small section having to be acquired for a link between the roads, he said.
Mr Fletcher said there were environmental constraints, but they could be overcome.
He said his option was feasible and was superior to the so-called town mini-bypass, which would still see cars having to go through the CBD and which would be ‘a waste of time and money’.
Mr Page, who has inspected the planned bypass route with Mr Fletcher, said environmental issues were a major constraint which had to be looked at.
He said the proposal was ‘very much in the embryonic stages’, but was worth looking at as a way of overcoming Byron Bay’s major traffic problems.
Mr Page said as a first step he would press the state government to put some money up to fund a feasibility study.