Byron council puts further hold on Roundhouse land sale
THE controversial "Roundhouse" site at Ocean Shores has been granted another reprieve from being sold off, with Byron Shire Council extending its undertaking not to sell until late April.
The council voted last year to subdivide the 1.388ha parcel of Orana Rd land, with the first four of 11 lots due to be auctioned last month, but the threat of legal action halted the sale.
Lawyers acting for community group Ocean Shores Community Association claimed the historic site was legally classified as community land and therefore the council could not sell it.
The council agreed to halt the land sale for 28 days and this week extended that undertaking another four weeks until April 25.
The council's latest decision to back away from selling the land has been welcomed by association president Jan Mangleson.
"We are very happy. We've been working on saving this site for over a decade," she said.
"We have consistently said to the council that the land belongs to the community and we feel confident we have a very strong legal basis."