Outgoing Page makes case for bypass funds

BALLINA MP Don Page has called on the State Government to fund the long-awaited Byron Bypass, Byron Shire Hospital, and the proposed rail trail project.

Speaking in Parliament, the Nationals MP backed Byron Shire Council's controversial plan for a $9 million Byron Bypass - running along an extended Butler St and rejoining Jonson St at Mitre 10 - saying it would cut congestion in the town by about 20%.

The $90 million Byron Shire Central Hospital was "shovel ready" with land already purchased, planning done and approvals in place, as well as a community that had been waiting over a decade.

Mr Page also said he wanted the State Government to invest $52 million in creating a rail trail on the Casino-Murwillumbah line, saying it would bring "enormous economic, health and social benefits" to the region.

The funding pleas touch on three of the key issues Mr Page has worked on during his time as the Member for Ballina and will be his last chance to bring them to reality before he retires at the 2015 election.