Pictured is an artist’s impression of a tavern planned for Sunrise Beach in Byron Bay.
Pictured is an artist’s impression of a tavern planned for Sunrise Beach in Byron Bay.

Mixed reaction on plans for pub

A planned new pub at Sunrise Beach in Byron Bay has been met with mixed reaction from residents.

The development application for ‘The Sun’ bar and bistro was lodged with Byron Shire Council last week.

The tavern will be located on a two-acre block on Bayshore Drive near the railway crossing, and will include a children’s playground, landscaped garden, small drive-through bottle shop and parking for 61 cars and 30 bicycles, all aimed at being a ‘local’ for residents and workers in the nearby industrial estate.

It is proposed that the bistro and bottle shop will open from 10am to 10pm, with extended hours of 10am until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Local resident Clive Robinson welcomed the news, saying a tavern was included in the original plans for the estate.

He has lived at the Sunrise Estate for 11 years.

He said the pub would provide the same kind of convenience the Bayshore Drive shopping centre added to the area.

“You don’t have to go into town,” Mr Robinson said.

However, he said would like the pub to be run like a ‘country tavern’ – something architect  Dan Connolly, from Troppo Architects, ensures will happen, saying The Sun will be ‘family-friendly’.

Dave Ross, who used to live at Sunrise but now lives at Suffolk Park, said the proposed pub would mean locals didn’t have to travel to get into town.

“It will give people over here more of a community,” he said.

“There’s not much going on here – you have to travel.”

However, Meryl Mastin, who has lived at Sunrise since 1992, feared the pub would bring with it alcohol-fuelled anti-social problems.

“I’m not a drinker – alcohol is the worst drug we’ve got,” she said.

“There’s enough pubs in town.

“I wish young people could find something more interesting to do than get drunk.”

Meanwhile, Mr Connolly said The Sun Bistro will have ‘a scale and form that is evocative of the local climate and the way we live’.

“The main feature is a large elevated deck facing north into the Tyagarah Nature Reserve, away from the street, where locals can enjoy the beauty of the setting and watch their children play in the fenced and shaded playground and landscaped gardens,” he said.

“We can retain large areas of existing coastal vegetation, but the key attraction is most definitely the landscaped play area.”

 The total floor area of the building, at 960m² including decks, would cover 12.6 per cent of the 7749m² site.

Feature materials include recycled timber posts, beams, steps and decking around the veranda and local stone walls.

“We hope that the street frontage, with the existing wetland retained and visible, is seen as an inviting and safe contribution to Bayshore Drive,” Mr Connolly said.

A previous similar DA for the site was approved by Byron Shire Council in 2008.

There is a bottle shop already located in the Bayshore Drive shopping centre.

The development application for The Sun is now on public exhibition for two weeks.

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