THE name Byron United would suggest an organisation entitled to speak for the entire Byron community. Last week's BSN Letters pages prove the title is clearly inappropriate and extraordinarily presumptuous.
A change of name is urgently needed. Any suggestions?
Some new old ideas
HERE are some ideas to solve some of the problems using our existing assets:
1) On alcohol venues a large sign should state "Love and peace tolerated here" and below: "If you don't like it, leave."
2) All bouncers wear the same uniform that states: "Custodian of love and peace."
3) No special events at peak periods, especially NYE, as the town is already full.
4) At peak times use part of the sports complex for overnight paid parking. Bikes for hire or possibly The Green Frog could be used to run people into town.
5) Close down bad, overcrowded holiday-lets, especially in residential areas.
6) Upgrade public toilets and provide additional garbage bins, council cleaning and garbage collection at peak times.
7) Provide family-orientated activities during peak times.
8) Move the bus stop out of town by turning the old steam train into a new transit centre.
9. Turn most of Butler St Reserve into all-day paid coupon parking, with one-way traffic either side of the creek.
10 The remainder of the reserve adjacent to the toilet block to be used for the markets.
11) Land at the end of Browning St to be linked to the railway line to create a single-lane road either side of the track down to Butler St.
12) The council to rezone a portion of land between the Rails and the railway crossing for commercial use. State Rail can then sell the land and council can finally acquire a bypass.
13) The taxi rank to be moved behind the existing bus stop.
With a little help from the State Government all this is achievable in the short term rather than waiting years. Or shall we again form a committee and commission a study and read this article again in 2020, 2030 etc?
THERE is one thing that is not being mentioned in all the NYE hoo-hah: this is not just a Byron Bay township problem, this is a shire-wide problem and there are ways to fix this. But are the likes of BU and the Liquor Accord prepared to hear them?
No, for they are already bringing in our rate base times three plus 1.5 million visitors we already have and that is about to increase with the opening of North Byron Parklands, plus if the DA for Byron Beach Resort gets up.
Here are some facts:
Our rate base is a little over $14,500 - this is what pays for infrastructure, potholes, collapsed roads and pathways. We are losing our youth, who have to move away to attend TAFEs or unis as they close down education facilities and hospitals, and cut our police.
Again, our children have to leave the area as there is no work for them here, yet some businesses are making squillions on cheap underpaid workers.
Our water for this area is not infinite and our tip is nearly full again.
I say to the developers and businesses that want to get bigger and bigger in Byron, if you don't like Byron for what it's famous for, move to the Gold Coast and let us get on being what we are renowned for globally.
South Golden Beach
NYE problems solved
EEZY peezy, we take our town back using a system that worked here before.
Both town entries were blocked, only allowing entry to residents and others with proof of accommodation. Do you remember, the streets were blocked off in the CBD where bands and kids played, the Hari chariot was pulled up Jonson Street, great fireworks with minimal trouble and mess.
Mr Waters and BU will probably disagree with this system, but resident safety and happiness is much more important than their dollars.
The horse has bolted
IT WAS heartwarming to read so many letters on the ugly side of NYE in Byron Bay. It would appear that the horse has bolted with regards to redefining Byron's image.
The tax generated by our super-successful publicans and promoters ensures that nothing productive or fast-acting will be done at a State Government level lest this cash cow runs dry.
"Green" little Byron Shire is apparently being brought to heel by the O'Farrell government, by encouraging and facilitating all those who wish to generate big tourist bucks at the expense of our community and our local amenity.
It is only fair and honest that State funding should reflect the burden that we, to quote Mr Waters, "too precious" and "over-emotional" ratepayers and residents are increasingly being called on to blindly accept as the price you have to pay to live in paradise.
Sick of the expense
I, LIKE so many other Byron Shire residents, am sick of seeing our hard-earned money being used for expensive marketing campaigns to encourage more people to come to here.
Then we pay millions for the police needed to try to control the mob, and to clean up after the drunken yobs.
Time for some detailed cost-benefit analysis into the way our money is being spent. Louise Doran,