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Byron’s Sun Bistro comes alive

Byron’s Sun Bistro comes alive

Construction is well underway at the new Sun Bistro on Bayshore Drive in Byron Bay and on track for a December 2014 opening.

The contract for construction of the Sun Bistro was awarded to Lismore’s Bennett Constructions in June. “This is a very unique job and we needed to find a contractor who would work with us to a stringent timeframe and with a capability to think outside of the box” said Development Director Jeremy Holmes. “The building was relocated from the old Byron Bay Beach Resort in four pieces back in May, then reconstructed in its new location with some major additions and modifications. We were really glad we could keep this work local”.

Bennett Constructions has been a family owned and operated business since Frank Bennett set up shop in 1938. In 1956 he welcomed son Col Bennett to the firm and upon Col’s passing in 2003 his wife Margaret continued the commitment and dedication that had been the firm’s trademark. In 2005 Margaret’s son-in-law Darryl Piper was appointed Managing Director, a position he maintains today.

Alan Campbell, who lives in Evans Head with his wife and four young children, is Bennett Construction’s Project Supervisor at The Sun Bistro. “It’s a good job, a great job” said Alan. “We don’t get to do a lot of jobs that involve so much hardwood and carpentry work. A lot of buildings these days are all concrete, not a lot of hardwood. It’s got great finishes.

“For me it’s good that this job is reasonably close to home, it saves driving to the Gold Coast and all over the place. And the kids play areas at the Bistro will make it easier to go out. It’s pretty hard to go out with kids”.

Plans are being finalised for the rebuild of Bayshore Drive as part of the North Byron Beach Resort, east of the Sun Bistro site, including a new road surface, formal car parking and footpaths, bins and a toilet and shower for use by the general public. “We will integrated these works in with the development of the Resort and hope to have them underway early next year” said Jeremy Holmes.

Planning continues to progress for the Byron Bay Heritage Tourist Railway, the proposed rail shuttle from Sunrise Beach to Byron township which is being funded entirely by the North Byron Beach Resort. “We continue to work closely with Council, the Rail Trail group and state government to progress the train” said Jeremy Holmes.



Sunrise Bistro set for December opening

Sunrise Bistro set for December opening

With the first stage of construction of the Sun Bistro in Sunrise Beach well underway, local residents are looking forward to a December opening.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic that we are going to have a ‘local’ here” said Sunrise Beach resident Jon Hinfelaar. “There’s very little in the way of restaurants so we’re looking forward to having somewhere you can eat and drink. We really need something like this, Suffolk Park has one. It will mean less congestion on the roads and will help with a sense of community”. 

The function centre that has operated at the North Byron Beach Resort site for the past 19 years is in the process of being relocated in four parts to the Sun Bistro site on Bayshore Drive.

“There were some initial mechanical issues with the moving gear but we are on our way now ” said Development Director Jeremy Holmes.

The Sun will be a family friendly local bistro/tavern servicing residents of Sunrise Beach and residents, workers and visitors of the Arts and Industry Estate.

The recycled building will be refurbished and extended over the next six months.

In a busy week for the North Byron Beach Resort team the Byron Shire Council unanimously approved the resort central facilities application, which includes the construction of a conference centre, restaurant, day spa, resort lobby and reception. Construction is expected to commence within two months, for a late 2015 opening.

“We sincerely thank Sunrise and Arts and Industry Estate residents for their support and their patience while we readied ourselves to commence construction on the Bistro” said Jeremy Holmes. “We will do our best to minimise disruption whilst construction is underway and keep our websites updated with the latest development information, as well as continue our local newsletters. We strongly encourage the community to sign up to our database, either on the website or by contacting us.




North Byron Beach Resort site tours

North Byron Beach Resort site tours

Public again invited in to North Byron Beach Resort

The application by North Byron Beach Resort to modify 75 cabins has been approved by Byron Council.

“We thank our neighbours and others who took the time to come on a site tour, hear our plans first hand and give feedback” said Jeremy Holmes, Project and Development Manager at North Byron Beach Resort. “We enjoyed meeting more neighbours and received a valuable input, which has influenced our central facilities and Eco Education Centre planning in particular”.

Council will now assess a DA for central facilities to service the cabin accommodation.

This DA is on public exhibition until December 17 and North Byron Beach Resort are again holding 30 minute site tours for the public.  These will be held on December 9 and 10, bookings are essential.

“This is a great way for people to get to understand what is being proposed as we can explain it while we walk around the site” said Holmes. “There is plenty of time for people to ask questions and give us their feedback”.

The Eco resort central facilities proposal incorporates the following uses in three single-storey organic form buildings centrally located where the current function centre and administration buildings are located:

–       Reception, lobby and administration area

–       Restaurant and bar (open to the public)

–       Central kitchen and food service area

–       Conference and function facilities (available for hire)

–       Multi-purpose room (yoga, kids club, weddings)

–       Gymnasium

–       Lagoon swimming pool and kids play area

–       Poolside café

–       Day spa (open to the public)

–       Loading dock and waste management

–       Housekeeping building and car parking area

As part of the development, Bayshore Drive will be upgraded from the railway line and this will include formal public car parking. The beach access will also be upgraded to include a shower, bins, public toilet and a café/kiosk open to the public.

The 75 cabins and central facilities will take up only 10% of the 7.9 hectare site. “The dominant experience will be of landscape” said Jeremy Holmes. “Our design response has been landscape driven, based upon protecting and enhancing the existing fauna and flora.  Our strategy is to work with the site’s endemic characteristics including climate, ecosystems, existing infrastructure and hydrological conditions. The Passive Design ethos minimizes ecological impacts in many ways”.

More information is available on www.northbyronbeachresort.com.au

For site tour bookings, any questions or to sign up for email updates contact enquiries@northbyronbeachresort.com.au or 9475 5440

Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – North Byron Beach Resort central facilities (indicative only)

Photo 2 – North Byron Beach Resort central facilities (indicative only)


Hotel Cabin

North Byron Beach Resort invites locals in

North Byron Beach Resort invites locals in

North Byron Beach Resort has lodged a Section 96 application with Byron Council to modify 75 cabins (of a possible 193) under the 1987 Byron Bay Beach Resort approval. This application is on public exhibition from Tuesday 16 July and they are encouraging locals onsite for tours. Bookings are essential.

“We encourage everyone to check out our website and book a 30 minute site tour to hear the project details first hand, ask any questions and give feedback” said Project and Development Manager Jeremy Holmes. Later this year they intend to lodge a new DA for the eco resort central facilities to service the cabin accommodation and there will be another public exhibition period at that time.

“The Byron Beach Resort approval and design was more reflective of our vision for small single-storey cabins dotted throughout the landscape and is the appropriate design response to the sensitive site conditions” said Holmes. “The cabins sit lightly on the land, are low scale and in keeping with the eco resort ethos we are striving toward. There is also a complete road network and other services already constructed under this consent, which we will continue to use”.

As part of the resort proposal the current public road and beach access will be upgraded to include car parking, pedestrian walkways, a beach shower, public toilet, bins and a cafe/kiosk open to the public.

Of the 7.9 hectares proposed to be developed for the 75 cabins and resort central facilities, the total building footprint will be only 8,000m² or around 10%. “Our design response has been landscape driven” said Holmes. “We are seeking to achieve an interweaving of low key buildings and landscape where nature is dominant, not buildings. The focus is on the revegetated natural landscape and revitalised water corridors”.

Property economists MacroPlanDimasi assessed the economic and other benefits likely to be generated through the development and operation of the resort. The project is expected to generate around $23 million annually in direct and indirect tourism related expenditure. This includes $3.7 million annually in direct expenditure offsite (not at the eco resort) on food, retail trade, arts and recreation services.

Resort construction is expected to generate approximately $101.2 million in total expenditure, and generate 111 direct and 176 indirect full time equivalent jobs. The ongoing resort operation is anticipated to create 52 direct and 37 indirect full time equivalent jobs.

The Council approved Sun Bistro, to be located on Bayshore Drive, will be constructed at the same time as the eco resort. Council also issued consent to hold a limited number of small cultural events on the site for a trial period of two years, however at this stage no events are planned under this approval.

North Byron Beach Resort is also working on a proposal for an Eco Interpretive Educational Centre on their land. Here, local education providers can share with students and guests the unique ecological aspects of the littoral rainforest and other sensitive ecosystems in this proximity. At the same time, North Byron Beach Resort is developing a proposal for a guest and community rail shuttle from Bayshore Drive into town. As details of these proposals evolve, the website will be updated.

For more information, to book site tours or sign up to receive email updates call 9475 5440 or go to

www.northbyronbeachresort.com.au or email enquiries@northbyronbeachresort.com.au

For further information, interviews, images or site tours please contact Caroline Desmond

02 66875674  0415 499429  caroline@carolinedesmond.com.au