Shhh! Byron residents are sleeping

BYRON Bay residents in the path of a noisy night-time backpacker trail are hoping new “quiet signage” will bring them some relief.

Residents of the Butler St Reserve precinct, which is situated between the Byron Bay town centre and the Arts Factory backpacker hostel, are regularly disturbed by party-goers on their way home from the pub.

A request to Byron Shire Council that six “quiet” signs be erected around the area, which they would pay for, was approved at yesterday's Byron Shire Council meeting.

Resident Paul Jones told the meeting that residents were also in talks with surrounding pubs, clubs and tourist accommodation to help keep pedestrian noise down.

In other decisions at yesterday's Byron Shire Council meeting:

* A new Telstra telecommunications tower in Mullumbimby was approved, despite concerns from some councillors about possible health impacts.

Telstra had applied to increase the size of an existing 30m monopole with a 35m monopole in Dalley St, to improve mobile phone coverage.

Councillor Basil Cameron moved the decision be deferred until more information was available on the tower's possible radiation output, but his motion was unsuccessful.

No public submissions were received on the proposal, which Mayor Jan Barham suggested was due to a lack of detail in the advertisement for the application. A Telstra representative assured councillors the tower's radiation outputs would be 1250 times below permissible levels.

* Big developments in Ballina were blamed for a new bat colony taking roost at Suffolk Park. Without being specific, Cr Barham said three or four developments in the Ballina Shire had led to a loss of vegetation and were likely to have brought the bats to the Byron Shire.

Cr Barham was responding to a petition from 29 Suffolk Park residents who want action from council to manage the newly-formed colony. Residents say the 300-odd bats are noisy, smelly and destructive, and pose a risk to human health.

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