News

Bypass announcement a "wonderful outcome" says Byron mayor

WAIT IS OVER: Byron Bay inner-town bypass road will be built with $10.5 million in state funding. Pictured at the funding announcement are Acting Premier and Minister for the North Coast Andrew Stoner, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, Ballina MP Don Page and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.
WAIT IS OVER: Byron Bay inner-town bypass road will be built with $10.5 million in state funding. Pictured at the funding announcement are Acting Premier and Minister for the North Coast Andrew Stoner, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, Ballina MP Don Page and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.

AFTER decades of talk, a long-awaited Byron Bay bypass can finally go ahead with $10.5 million in state funding announced yesterday.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the North Coast Andrew Stoner, Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay and Ballina MP Don Page made the announcement outside Mitre 10, Jonson St, where traffic on the inner-town bypass will emerge after entering on Shirley St via Butler St.

The Government has put up $500,000 to complete planning for the bypass and $10 million for construction.

"This bypass will reduce travel times, improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic volumes in the town centre, particularly during the busy summer holiday season," Mr Stoner said.

The funding is a coup for Byron Shire Council which would not be able to afford it.

"For a small town we are the most visited destination behind Melbourne and Sydney - but we always needed the state to step up and help us," Mayor Simon Richardson said.

"This is a wonderful outcome and although it won't cure the problem, this allows traffic to get around the town, instead of through it. The community can start popping some champagne corks today.

"It will also help those who work in the industrial estate and Suffolk Park, plus the police and emergency services."

The bypass is another big ticket promise delivered by Member for Ballina Don Page ahead of his retirement, following funding for the new Byron Shire Hospital.

"When it became obvious that council could not afford to alleviate the local traffic problems, I supported the council's request for State Government financial assistance, given the traffic congestion that both tourists and locals have to endure," Mr Page said.

"It will not be a panacea for Byron Bay's traffic problems, but it will certainly improve traffic flow for the community."

Mr Gay said Roads and Maritime Services would work closely with the council to finalise plans for its preferred route.

Topics:  byron bypass




Stay Connected

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

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Doctor 'firmly advised' mother against home birth

An inquest into the home birth death of a baby at Nimbin is continuing in Lismore.

UPDATE: Inquest hears doctor was 'struck by the nonchalance'

7 cheap homes to buy in Lismore right now

Three-bedroom home for sale in Keen St, Lismore.

It might be easier than you think to get out of the rental cycle

MISSING PERSON: Have you seen Sarah?

18 year old Sarah McDonald.

She was last seen on Monday leaving the Lismore Library

Latest deals and offers

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?