Byron bypass needs council support: traders

By RACHEL AFFLICK

BYRON United President Ed Ahern says if the Council doesn't come forward and support the Byron Bypass it will never happen.

He recently wrote to Byron Shire councillors asking for their points of view on the bypass.

But Mr Ahern said he received only four responses from the 10 Councillors.

Responses had included Mayor Jan Barham and Councillors' Bob Tardif, Ross Tucker and Tom Tabart.

"It was unfortunate we received such a limited response on what is such a vital issue to the town," Mr Ahern said

"We do, however, appreciate those who did respond, although it is clear there is certainly no consensus amongst the councillors themselves."

Mr Ahern said Byron United considered a CBD bypass one of the vital issues facing the town and the response had made them ask whether the Council viewed the bypass with the same importance as the rest of the community.

"The community really needs to ask itself 'do you want a bypass?' because without Council direction it won't happen," Mr Ahern said.

For years the issue of a CBD bypass has been discussed as a way of easing traffic congestion in Byron Bay.

The bypass route, which was picked out after a study looking at options to solve the local traffic problem, would bypass the CBD down Butler Street, out onto the southern end of town near Mitre 10, at a cost of around $5 million.

When Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile visited Byron Bay recently he indicated the bypass could be funded with Federal Government money.

The catch was the State Government would have to approve a second crossing of the railway line, where the road would cut through it.

The Council has had a development application for the bypass for nearly five years, but so far there has been no approval for a second crossing.



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