Masterplan In the Making

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Byron’s new Masterplan strategy got a head start this morning getting some valuable feedback from the business community.

A wide range of businesses and residents were represented including hotel owners, environmental consultants, architects, real estate, graphic design, tourist accommodation, residents association, farmers, banks, circus arts, teachers, artists and employment agencies.

The session resulted in a map full of ideas, one of the early steps in developing a long term plan that Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson promised would be funded and implemented.

There was full agreement for the need of a makeover for Byron but as more than one person commented: ‘the devil is in the detail’.

Appointed consultants McGregor Coxall has teamed up with local architect Sarah Aldridge from Space Studio to find out what is special to Byron Bay and how to protect this and identifying where change is needed and gathering ideas on how to improve these areas.

One of the things that is pivotal to the success of the Masterplan is for it to be able to be implemented and so the group are looking for ‘big ideas’ from residents in order to help them formulate plans that can range from setting up public access entertainment spaces right through to parkland projects.

The general public are invited to continue the process of inputting ideas into the plan and have their say on Byron’s future tomorrow 25th October, in Bay Lane behind the Beach Hotel from 4pm. This is the launch of the public consultation process for the Byron Bay Masterplan so everyone is invited to get involved.

The ‘activation’ of the town’s lanes with street food stalls and entertainment, kids’ activities and art installations, is one of the initiatives of the plan that will be showcased on Saturday as part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival.
The final Masterplan will be a year in the making, however keep your eyes peeled for more pilot schemes like tomorrow’s Bay Lane activation.

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