Below is a media release from NPWS. You can download the Community survey here.
Improving visitors experience at Cape Byron
In preparation for the public exhibition of a draft master plan for Cape Byron State Conservation Area (SCA) the community is being surveyed to find out if improved walking tracks, shuttle buses, light rail or gondolas might be a solution to congestion issues at the Cape.
NPWS Byron Coast Area Manager Sue Walker said the preliminary survey of visitors and locals is seeking feedback on community expectation into the future on walking tracks, vehicle access and other areas of the Cape that people think could be improved.
“Some options might be seen as pie-in-the-sky by some however, we need consider the widest range of options possible to help ensure the best outcome for protection of the environment and visitor use to this very popular destination,” Sue said.
“The draft master plan project aims to provide guidance for the future of management and operation of Cape, with estimated at over 1.2 million visitors annually, and a focus on the provision of facilities and services for locals and visitors to this iconic location.
“A key issue is addressing access to the Lighthouse where current demand for access is not met on most days for transport together with the walking tracks being a popular visitor experience.
“Byron Shire Council is also undertaking master planning project for Byron Bay and the Cape Byron master plan project team will engage closely with Council to ensure outcomes are aligned
“We recognise there are a significant number of individuals and groups with a close interest in the Cape and that they will all have an interest in future planning for this significant site.
“Any ideas are welcome at any time and can be sent to email@example.com.
The community will have the opportunity to comment on the draft master plan during a public exhibition period expected to occur in April and May 2016,” Sue said.
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