Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Funding allocated for ‘Pocket Park’ in Byron Bay’s Arts and Industry Estate

Funding allocated for ‘Pocket Park’ in Byron Bay’s Arts and Industry Estate
July 8, 2020

Byron Shire Council has been awarded a $56,096 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund towards a ‘pocket park’ on the corner of Bayshore Drive and Banksia Drive in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate.

Council’s Major Projects Planner, Rob van Iersal notes “we are super excited and grateful to receive this grant for a park in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate because it marks the start of the delivery of our bigger community-driven vision for the whole estate.

“Nestled alongside big warehouses and businesses, the pocket park will create a much-needed public space in what is a largely privatised area, for people to sit with friends, share lunch, relax and soak up a bit of the area’s natural beauty.

“The space will also be made available for small markets, outdoor art and performances, and a range of other activities that promote social connection.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro thanked Byron Shire Council for its commitment to the pocket park project adding “when complete, people in and around the Byron Arts and Industry Estate area will have a fantastic place to gather, socialise and appreciate art and performances.

“This is exactly the type of project that the Stronger Country Communities Fund was designed to support, projects that will make a big difference to the everyday life.”

The pocket park is the first of a number of actions to be rolled out of Council’s new Precinct Plan for the Arts and Industry Estate, which was endorsed by Council at the 18th June Planning Meeting.

The new plan is a result of a Design By Enquiry process which began in 2019, sought wider community engagement and was recently exhibited for community input.

Van Iersel added “Creating a precinct plan for an organically evolving area like this is really exciting because it allows us to do a thorough stock-take of the current state of the Estate and future needs.

“It’s about Council working with businesses and residents to make improvements from a holistic perspective – improvements that are in line with people’s vision for this place and how they’d like to see it evolve in the future.

“The Plan contains a wide range of recommended actions and in addition to the new pocket park, we are also moving forward with a shared pedestrian cycle path and ‘green spine’ that is set to be constructed along the majority of the central diagonal drainage corridor.

“We’ll be working hard on road and footpath improvements as well, which I know are high on the list of actions people want to see delivered.

“We’ll also be conducting a one-way traffic trial in Centennial Circuit in coming months, which was an idea endorsed by many stakeholders involved in the Enquiry By Design process, to investigate whether this solution can ease traffic congestion.

“The trial will allow us to test the one-way system to determine whether it could be rolled out across wider areas in the Estate in the future.”

Council will work with its Place Planning Collective, a group of Byron Shire residents, to ensure the implementation of the wider range of recommendations in the Plan is led by the community.

Related Articles

12th June 2020 - Splendour in the Grass cancellation to hit Byron Bay economy

20th November 2019 - Byron Bay Main Beach project launches

12th July 2019 - Byron Bay Bluesfest names Moshtix as exclusive ticketing partner

5th June 2019 - Byron Bay named among world’s worst locations for overtourism

12th February 2019 - NSW Government stance on festivals sees Byron Bay Bluesfest Director threaten to move event


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

PlayRope

Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation

 
 

Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business