Ballina MP Don Page.
Ballina MP Don Page.

Suffolk Park folk want roundabout

RESIDENTS at Suffolk Park have told Byron Shire Council they want developer contributions held for the community used to build a roundabout at the busy junction of Broken Head Road and Clifford Street.

The only catch is the available funds don't come close to covering the cost of a roundabout.

Byron Shire Council Environment and Planning executive manager Ray Darney said a roundabout at the intersection would cost more than $1 million, but the council had only about $500,000 in Section 94 developer contributions held in reserve for Suffolk.

However, that did not mean hope was lost. Mr Darney said the council could ask the State Government to pick up the other half of the tab.

"To place the task of improving the intersection in perspective, building a roundabout at the entrance to the beachside area of Suffolk Park would be likely to cost in excess of $1 million, as a rough estimate. At present Council holds approximately half this amount in Section 94 contributions which could be used," Mr Darney said.

"As a result, Council may need State Government funding to complete the work."

Mr Darney said the project, raised at a community meeting held at Suffolk Park  late last month, would need to be driven by the Suffolk Park community and would probably need more meetings.

"As I emphasised to residents at the meeting, having the Suffolk Park community speak with one voice on the issues that matter to them is crucial for making progress on the things they want to see done," he said.

"Council frequently lobbies the State Government on behalf of the local community, but it is always more effective to have community members also talk with their local MP directly.

"I would encourage Suffolk Park community members to not only make their views known to Council via the survey currently being distributed to residents by the Suffolk Park progress association, but to also speak with one voice to the Minister for Local Government, Don Page, who is also the State member for Suffolk Park residents."

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