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How do we want to move about Bangalow over the coming decade?

Byron Shire Council is preparing a strategic forward plan for the village Bangalow.  Council is welcoming input into the Bangalow Village Plan on how residents walk, cycle and use their car to get around the popular historical town.

Council’s Place Planning Coordinator , Tara McGready, said initial consultation for the Bangalow Village Plan with residents in early 2016 had shown that movement and parking were key topics for the local community.

“We now want to explore these issues further with the residents and the feedback will help inform the development of the Bangalow Village Plan that will guide the town for the next ten to fifteen years.

“How people access and move around places is a key feature in shaping a town,” she said.

A team from MRCagney (lead by Steven Burgess), a leading transportation consultancy, has been engaged to help formulate strategies and actions for the Village Plan in relation to movement around Bangalow.

“They are passionate about applying a ‘people first’ approach to the places, towns, cities and countries in which we work,” Ms McGready said.

Residents are encouraged to join Council at a public workshop at the Showground Moller Pavilion on Thursday 4 May from 5.30pm to 7.30pm; or come along to a ‘pop up studio’ on Byron Street in front of the Post Office building on Thursday 4 May 12.30pm to 5pm, Friday 5 May 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday 6 May 9am to 12 midday.

A Community Groups’ workshop will also be held at the Showground Moller Pavilion on Thursday 4 May from 12.30pm to 2pm. If you are a member of a community group, club or organisation in Bangalow and are interested in coming along, please RSVP stating “Community Groups’ workshop”, the community group/s you are a member of and your name to placeplanning@byron.nsw.gov.au or phone 66267126.

Residents are also being asked to consider how parking is being managed in the town centre and to complete a survey online at www.yoursaybyronshire.com/bangalow-village-plan or in person at the workshop and pop up studios.

Director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, said a recently completed Bangalow Town Centre Parking Management Strategy has shown that about 75 per cent of the cars parking in Bangalow are doing so for less than an hour.

And 15 per cent are parking for between one and two hours.

“To support the current parking needs and ensure parking turn over, we’d like residents to consider changing the parking mix to include one hour parking in the main street areas.

“Plus, introducing pay parking to support the parking turnover and provide a revenue stream from visitors that could go back into supporting the Bangalow Village Plan future initiatives,” he said.

If pay parking was introduced, the existing pay parking exemption e-permit would apply for residents and people working within Bangalow. E-permit holders would park and walk away.  Time limits would still apply.

A Bangalow Village Plan Guidance Group, made up of community representatives, has been formed to assist in the development of the Bangalow Village Plan.  When finalised, the draft plan will be presented to Council and placed on public exhibition for further input.

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Byron Shire Council
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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.