BAI Focus members Samaya Zakay (left) and Sarah Noakes are supporting a push for the beautification of the west Byron Bay area.
BAI Focus members Samaya Zakay (left) and Sarah Noakes are supporting a push for the beautification of the west Byron Bay area. The Northern Star

West Byron to get make-over

JUST like the Western Suburbs of Sydney, west Byron Bay has something of an unsavoury reputation.

The industrial area is cluttered and Sunrise Estate is seen as the poor cousin of downtown Byron Bay.

However residents are hoping the arrival of Becton and its North Beach Byron development, and the recent landscaping of Bayshore Drive, will help to lift the area's image.

For Sean Mahoney, Samaya Zakay and Sarah Noakes, the change is good news and part of what they would like to see more of.

As members of Byron Arts & Industry Focus (BAI Focus), a group representing businesses within the Byron Arts and Industry Park (BAIP), they are pushing for the beautification of the whole area.

“Certainly anything that Becton or any other group does which goes towards the beautification is fine, as long as it is maintained and it looks more beautiful, and it becomes more welcoming for visitors,” BAI Focus chairman Sean Mahoney said.

Mr Mahoney believes the arts and industry estate, which the group wants to be called a park, has become a creative hub with many artistic businesses setting up their bases there.

“We have 60 creative-based businesses down there,” he said.

“It's really quite cutting edge and everyone is working more closely at being green and alternative and creative.

“We're going to be getting a mini-bus service and tricycle rental. We're working on making it completely user-friendly.

“I believe it's going to become the new funky and trendy place in town.”

Some of the projects BAI Focus is working on are new branding and signage, transport to and from the Byron Arts and Industry Park, electric bicycle rental, artist and fashion trails, special events including markets, street fairs, extended opening hours and late-night shopping.

Becton has recently landscaped a part of Bayshore Drive as part of its release of 11 freehold lots just outside its North Beach Byron development. The work features an avenue of mature tuckeroo trees and a bicycle path.

Becton development manager Matthew Rice said Becton wanted a quality subdivision.

“We have invested over $1 million on roadworks, underground powerlines and extensive landscaping,” he said.



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