$10.5 million for Byron Bay bypass
4 September 2014
Acting Premier and Minister for the North Coast Andrew Stoner, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Ballina Don Page today announced the NSW Government has provided $10.5 million toward building a bypass of Byron Bay’s town centre to ease traffic congestion.
“On top of our record investment in roads and infrastructure projects on the North Coast in this year’s budget, I’m delighted to announce this additional funding for a bypass of the Byron Bay town centre,” Mr Stoner said.
“This bypass will reduce travel times, improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic volumes in the town centre, particularly during the busy summer holiday season.
“Tens of thousands of holidaymakers enjoy the unique attractions of Byron Bay every year, so it’s only fitting the township has the road network it needs.”
Mr Gay said the NSW Government had committed $500,000 to finalise plans for the preferred route and $10 million toward building the inner town bypass.
“Byron Shire Council has resolved to proceed to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its preferred option of a major bypass from Shirley Street via Butler Street with a second rail crossing at Browning Street,” Mr Gay said.
“Roads and Maritime Services will continue to work closely with council to finalise plans for its preferred route before the end of the year.”
Member for Ballina Don Page said traffic congestion must be reduced and he thanked the State Government for contributing $10.5 million towards that objective.
“When it became obvious that Council could not afford to alleviate the local traffic problems I supported the Council’s request for State Government financial assistance, given the traffic congestion that both tourists and locals have to endure,” Mr Page said.
“The Byron Bay community has a wonderful opportunity to secure a road network its people and businesses deserve.”
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MEDIA: Bree Price 0421 347 154 (Acting Premier)
Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802 (Minister Gay)
02 6686 7522 (Mr Page)