THE VISION THING: Ready for the Bay Lane activation tonight (from left): Philip Coxall and Michael Cowdey, from McGregor Coxall; Jo Kelly, from People Place and Partnerships; Tim Gavan, from HillPDA; Byron Mayor Simon Richardson and Sarah Aldridge, from Space Studio.
THE VISION THING: Ready for the Bay Lane activation tonight (from left): Philip Coxall and Michael Cowdey, from McGregor Coxall; Jo Kelly, from People Place and Partnerships; Tim Gavan, from HillPDA; Byron Mayor Simon Richardson and Sarah Aldridge, from Space Studio. Christian Morrow

Your turn to help create a vision for Byron Bay

IF YOU have a great idea for the Byron Bay Master plan get along to Bay Ln tonight and share it with the powers that be.

Philip Coxall, from town planners McGregor Coxall, and Sarah Aldridge, from Space Studios, along with Byron Shire Council representatives will be there waiting to hear about your dreams, ideas and aspirations for the town.

Sydney-based McGregor Coxall along with local architects Space Studio have been charged by Byron Shire Council to come up with the vision, and tonight marks the first step in that process.

Bay Ln will be closed off to cars from 4-10pm and become a pedestrian-friendly space full of music, food, art-making and entertainment.

It will all happen beneath a 7m high bamboo and waste-plastic installation called the Wave on Consciousness by local sculptor and architect Zana Wright

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson said tonight was the first step in what would be a re-imagining of Byron.

"We are asking everyone to come along and be inspired about what is possible in all our public spaces," he said. "What we are looking to do over this next six months is work out what can we do to bring the town to life, reflect who we are and be truly a place of global significance."

Mr Coxall conceded he was slightly daunted by the task in front of him.

"The one common thing we have heard from all we have spoken to so far is that things have to change, and doing nothing is not an option." he said. "So our initial thoughts are that we need to get back to what is the essence of Byron Bay."

Mr Coxall is already aware of the need to deliver a vision that takes into account Byron's perennial traffic problems.

"No one is talking specifics about money just yet but both Cr Richardson and Mr Coxall are optimistic that, once inspiration takes hold, the money will flow.

Cr Richardson also doesn't rule out public-private partnerships as being part of the solution.

"As soon as you get engagement from the community, council and business, you can find a way to enhance your budget significantly," he said.



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