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The picture begins. The canvas is ready- let the painting begin - Byron Bay Town Centre Master Plan consultants appointed

Think big, think small but bring your ideas to the table as the Byron Bay Town Centre Master Plan is officially underway with the appointment of award winning Urban Design and Landscape Architecture consultancy McGregor Coxall.

McGregor Coxall has been involved in numerous master plans and place making projects including Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, Wollongong Public Spaces Public Life 2014, Manly 2015 Master Plan and the Unanderra Town Centre Master Plan. These key projects demonstrate their ability to sensitively respond to both the local community and environment.

Selecting to collaborate with local Byron Bay architecture practice SPACE Studio and placemaking firm People Place and Partnership, these key practices will be at the heart of McGregor Coxall’s award winning multi-disciplinary team to serve and support Byron Bay’s unique culture, environment and community.

Project Leader, Michael Cowdy is thrilled by the appointment. “Our team is incredibly honoured to have been chosen to work closely with the Byron Bay community and Council to take a close look at the opportunities for the town centre. We look forward to meeting many local people and businesses over the coming weeks and months ahead. We are invested in spending our time to learn and understand your Byron - the things that are important, the values you hold dear and the aspirations you have for the future. This is a process that we begin together and we are up for the challenge.”

Mayor Simon Richardson said the communities' involvement will ensure that local character and nuances are captured and transferred into the final Master Plan.

“We’re keen to see and hear your ideas, big and small, outrageous and conservative. It’s often the ‘out there’ ideas that are the conversation starters and can lead to on-ground projects through partnerships.

“The creative journey begins, so look out for upcoming opportunities to get involved with the first being the revival of Bay Lane on Saturday 25 October as we close the lane to cars and bring the street back to life through entertainment, great food and art,” he said.

The Master Plan will draw together community ideas, planned infrastructure upgrades, funding opportunities and articulate ways to activate areas within the coastal town centre.

Council is looking for creative and innovative concepts that make best use of the Byron Bay town centre and foreshore, which will provide connection and integration with the location’s assets while preserving and celebrating the towns character. These assets include the Main Beach precinct, the Main Beach to Clarkes precinct, Jonson Street, the Railway Park precinct and Butler Street Reserve.

The laneways and streets connecting these focal points will also be considered as part of the study area. Find out more information at


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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.