Demands to council over sports fields

By ROBYN GRAY

Land at Yelgun and Billinudgel was inspected by Byron Shire councillors earlier this week in continuing attempts to find a suitable replacement for the Shara Boulevard sports fields at Ocean Shores.

It is pre-ordained that these out of town sites will not be acceptable to the community which insisted at a public meeting last week that any replacement for Lot 107 should be within the town.

The meeting, called by the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA), resolved to send a long list of demands to Byron Shire Council requiring amongst other things, full consultation with the community over planning matters in general and the resolution of the sports fields dispute in particular.

Representatives of the Brunswick Valley Sports Association also attended the meeting. The association has been seeking legal advice on a challenge to Byron Shire Council's decision to sell the land which was bought specifically for playing fields nearly ten years ago.

Their barrister has confirmed that they have grounds for a case against the council in the Land and Environment Court if the council proceeds with its plan to sell the land to the RTA without finding a viable alternative acceptable to the community.

Council has rejected an RTA offer of $225,000 for the land. Cr Jan Mangleson of Ocean Shores said of the two parcels of land at Billinudgel inspected this week, one, Dung Oval, was flood prone and the other, adjoining the El Dorado industrial estate, was under the highway.

She predicted neither would be acceptable to the Ocean Shores community.


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