TO MARKET TO MARKET: Make sure you visit one of the local farmers markets in the Byron Shire for the freshest of produce.
TO MARKET TO MARKET: Make sure you visit one of the local farmers markets in the Byron Shire for the freshest of produce. Contributed

Options explored in Butler Street Reserve upgrade

A SPIRIT of co-operation has helped Byron Shire Council move a step closer to finding a long term outcome for the Butler Street Reserve, according to a statement released today.

Council has agreed to construct a lower grade car park at the Butler Street Reserve in an effort to support longer term tenure for the Byron Community Markets.

All options to be explored

"It's a really good outcome," Mayor Simon Richardson said.

"The openness of council and the Community Markets to explore options for the site has resulted in an agreement that gives us time to look at the best long term outcome for all parties.

"We're now working towards a plan for the site to co-exist as a public car park while continuing to accommodate the community markets and making the site even better for markets with more trees to be planted and better access."

"The new agreement will allow the community market to stay in place whilst we assess the level of use for the car park during the period following the commencement of paid parking in December."

Tenure to be extended

Cr Richardson said a proposal to extend the community market's tenure for a further 12 months once the March 2016 licence expired, would be discussed.

"This proposed 18 month plan allows Council the to see how the site evolves and determine the most appropriate home for the much loved monthly community markets," he said.

Maintenance program

Council will now put in place a maintenance program that includes improving the Butler Street side of the block with a renewed gravel surface, renewed gravel walkways throughout, lighting and tree planting.

Community Markets Manager Tess Cullen welcomed the decision and was heartened by the cooperation of all parties.

"We can all now take a breath and work towards another successful year. It's a positive outcome that meets the needs of all the groups involved," she said.



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