Railway park revitalisation

railway park

Railway Square is a traditional meeting place in Byron Bay. The park’s connection to the centre of town, the Railway Station, the bus stop on Jonson Street, the Visitor Centre and the Community Centre has meant that the park is a prominent space in the town centre for visitors and also a valued public space for the local community. 

History

For generations children have played in the park and climbed the trees, and people have rested in a quiet place close to the street – enjoying the shade in summer and the sunshine in winter. The park has also been used as a gathering place for community events, demonstrations and markets.

The termination of train services in 2004 and the disuse of the Station building, along with the dilapidation of park infrastructure, have resulted in less community use of the park in recent years. The park’s role as a welcome and generous piece of public space at the heart of the town centre has significantly diminished.

In February 2019, Council awarded the construction tender for works in Railway Park, including clever landscape design, seating, lighting and connective pathways. Works will begin in April 2019 and are to be completed in October 2019.

Byron Town Centre Masterplan

This is one of the first projects to be progressed from the Byron 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 18 months. 

Look at the plans

The Railway Park Concept Plans(PDF, 242KB) outline the upcoming changes – bringing the area to life so that it can become a space the community is proud of and an attraction in its own right.