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Roundhouse reprieve

OCEAN Shores groups wanting to keep the Roundhouse site for community use have received a reprieve.

Byron Council is seeking to subdivide and sell the site for housing, and had a project planned that incorporated two blocks owned by the Ocean Shores Country Club.

But the club has pulled out of the scheme. Its expected contribution of $227,000 is no longer part of the Roundhouse financial estimates, forcing council to reconsider its options.

At its last meeting, council resolved to develop the 11 lots it owns at the Roundhouse site and Phil Warner, water and recycling manager, said it would still need to work with the club on the creation of easements and access to the council lots.

"Implementing the plan will depend on an agreement with the country club," he said.

Country club secretary manager Andrew Spice said it was "100% in favour" of the site.

But council's "procrastination has caused the club to put our portion of the development on hold and sent us off on a different tangent" - a major refurbishment to the clubhouse.

The setback to council's plans will be seen by groups such as the Ocean Shores Community Association as providing a breather in its attempt to have councillors change their minds and go down the path of saving the site for the development of a cultural centre and motel zone.

OSCA argues the area is a huge asset "for the public good", and could be used to display and foster the shire's arts talent.

"The Roundhouse site with its beautiful setting would make this a public asset of national interest," Jan Mangelson told councillors last week.

The site has heritage importance, OSCA said, including a well that encapsulates the area's history of dairy farming.

The well could be a snag to both groups' plans, however, as it is probably filled with agricultural toxins.

Whatever happens, this will need to be sorted out, Ms Mangelson said.

Jan Mangelson

of OSCA

The Roundhouse site with its beautiful setting would make this a public asset of national interest


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