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Open, leafy and vibrant new spaces coming soon to Railway Square

Clever landscape design, seating and lighting, connective pathways and new amenities are coming soon to Byron’s Railway Square following Council’s endorsement of the Railway Square Landscape Concept Plan at the December meeting.

“This is exciting news and means we can get on with a design-led solution for this currently under-utilised space,” Byron Council Mayor Simon Richardson said.

“Railway Park is in the centre of Byron Bay’s CBD but it is tired, and in desperate need of some love and attention to bring it back to the wonderful community space it used to be,” he said.

The new design will open up the area as a whole, improve access and lighting and solve many of the safety and connectivity issues currently experienced in the park.

“Our shared vision is to bring Railway Square and the surrounding precinct to life so that it can become a space the community is proud of and an attraction in its own right,” Mayor Richardson said.

“It will be a beautiful, leafy oasis in the centre of town that you will want to stop and spend time in, a place to bring the kids, meet friends and continue to gather and rally as a community,” he said.

The park’s existing Cottonwood trees are a centrepiece of the landscape concept plans with the addition of exciting new play spaces, gathering areas and opportunities for creativity and art installations ‘Byron-style’.

“We are also working with the Byron Environment Centre to come up with a solution for the location of the rotunda.

The solution might mean staying where they are or inviting them to consider other locations that may be more attractive to them.

The revitalisation of Railway Square is one of the first projects to be progressed from the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan, which was adopted by Council in June 2016.

The Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan Leadership group, consisting of 22 community members, has been working with Council on the plan over the last 12 months.

“It is exciting that we’re now close to seeing the result of all those ideas, discussions and forums come to fruition in a re-imagined space we can all use and enjoy,” Mayor Richardson said.

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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.