Save Byron Community and Farmers Markets on the Butler Street Reserve.

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 SAVE BYRON COMMUNITY MARKETS AT THE BUTLER STREET RECREATIONAL RESERVE !

Byron Shire Council is in the process of acquiring the Butler Street Reserve market grounds for the purpose of building there a Bus Terminal with the State Government funding and turning most of the reserve into permanent paid parking. Moving the Market off its site is planned for as early as March 2018. There is a real danger that The Community Market will lose it’s home of almost 40 years.

 So far the only proposal from the Council is: moving the Market to Denning Park on the Beachfront temporarily for 12 months then moving the market over to the area of the disused railway tracks, adjacent car park ,The Railway Park, the car park behind The Railway Hotel and some more unspecified area on the main streets of Byron.

 The proposal lacks any permanence as most of the area will remain a transport corridor and as such it can be reclaimed at any time in the future. There are numerous other problems associated with this plan, such as: uneven ground, exposure to sun and heat along the railway tracks, inadequate stall holder access contributing to the traffic gridlock etc.

We are concerned Community Members. We believe that Butler Street Reserve should be retained as the Market grounds for The Community and as a valuable recreational space for the growing town. We value the Butler Street Reserve as a place which has provided many with sustainable incomes for decades, contributing to the economic, social and cultural life of Byron Bay. We believe the grounds should be given a long overdue upgrade with the needs of the Markets taken into consideration through a professional landscaping plan which would include parking, grassy areas, another toilet block in the north east corner, more shade trees and a playground.

 We believe the Bus Terminal can serve the town better by being situated on the State owned transport corridor, potentially using the old railway station or at the Cavanbah Sports Centre. The proposed location, which is right next to a nursing home, would affect the home, the residents of Somerset Street, the threatened species of Cumbebin Wetland Reserve and the trees planted over the last few years by volunteers.We also feel that any plans to move the market to a location where there is an existing market, like The Artisan or The Craft Market, would be confusing and detrimental to both community enterprises.The market at the present location has a global clientele and reputation. Downsizing it would reduce its diversity, its value as a tourist attraction and opportunities for locals.

 If you are concerned, please contact the Local Councillors and your State Government representatives and write to media. Ask the new Market management to recognise and respect our Community’s material interests, it’s shared values and the bond it has to the land.Visit our Facebook Save Byron Community Markets page Contribute ideas and skills. Email savebyronmarkets@yahoo.com

 



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