NSW government commits $10.5 million towards the Byron Bay Bypass
The long awaited Byron Bay Bypass got the ‘go ahead’ today with a $10.5 million funding commitment from the NSW State Government.
The announcement was made today by the Acting Premier and Minister for the North Coast Andrew Stoner, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, Member for Ballina Don Page and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.
Mayor Simon Richardson said it was a once in a generation funding announcement and he thanked the state government for stepping up and supporting our town.
“Don Page has been a strong support in securing the funding and we thank him for his unwavering community voice on the bypass.
“A small town with 10,000 people, that is one of the most visited places in Australia behind Sydney and Melbourne, clearly cannot work alone or undertake an infrastructure project of this size without financial support from the state.
“To Council’s credit we’ve been looking at ways to say ‘yes’ and work collaboratively with the state government for community outcomes and today is a solid achievement.”
Whilst enthusiastic about the new infrastructure, Mayor Richardson acknowledged that the bypass won’t solve all of Byron Bay’s traffic problems as there is only one main road in and out of the northern end of the coastal town.
“But it is a crucial component to help relieve some of the traffic pain our locals endure on a regular basis,” he said,
“The bypass will also help those who work in industrial estate and Suffolk Park, plus the police and emergency services, move more freely across town.”
Mayor Richardson also noted at the end of August, Council appointed GHD Pty Ltd to undertake the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and detailed design for the Byron Bay Bypass.
The detailed design will include such items as ecological and flood assessments, noise, stormwater, landscaping, pedestrian and cycling, lighting, rail crossing and intersection designs.
Of the $10.5 million state funding, $500,000 will go towards delivering the design.
Back in March 2014 , Byron Shire Council reconfirmed its preferred route from the Shirley Street roundabout (near the Police station), along Butler Street to the southern end and then a new road within the road reserve. A new rail crossing will also be required to connect the southern end of Jonson Street (east of the rail line) and creating a new intersection at Browning Street (near Mitre 10).
The community is urged to sign up to Byron Shire Council’s electronic newsletter to keep up to date on the project – http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/projects/byron-bay-bypass .
Left to right - Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner with the Minster for Roads, the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC, local member Don Page MP and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.