|..and save our market|
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is appalled at the lack of public consultation regarding the site of the Byron Markets.
“I am appalled that our iconic market space in Butler Street is being replaced with a giant bus interchange. It is up to the community and Byron Shire Council to tell government where the best location for a bus interchange is and that process of consultation simply has not occurred,” said Tamara Smith.
“The community were told that the bus interchange would be built on the rail corridor and now without any community consultation we are being told that it is being built on the market site. It is the community that needs to decide when an iconic, cultural and economic hub is being removed from its home of many decades, not the General Manager of Byron Shire Council. There are so many innovative ways to do bus terminals these days, just look at what the Queensland government is doing.
“Losing an iconic public space and replacing it with a transport terminal does not seem innovative at all.”
“Council should engage in thorough community consultation about the market site and about what happens along Butler Street, particularly given the phenomenal waste of ratepayer’s money in the recent protracted legal battle with the Butler Street residents.
27 October 2017