Council to decide on fate of Roundhouse
THE fate of the Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores is due to be decided at this Thursday's meeting of Byron Bay Council.
Over the years many in the Ocean Shores and wider Byron community have been fighting to stop the land being subdivided by council and sold.
They have instead requested that council dedicate the land for public use as a cultural precinct.
Jan Mangleson, President Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) Roundhouse Action Group (RAG) said her group was concerned the decision would be made based on a confidential report to council.
"The report cites a new agreement for easements with the Ocean Shores Country Club on Council's proposed 11 lot subdivision of the Roundhouse land Orana Road Ocean Shores, prior to issuing tenders for subdivision," she said.
"The report and its Annexure 1 are confidential, so the community may never know the reasons why Council votes to go ahead with the subdivision, as the report recommends.
"The vision of RAG and OSCA and 90% of the local community is that the land be retained for public use.
"We are calling on the new councillors to keep their word made at the Ocean Shores Community Centre prior to the council election and not subdivide the Roundhouse site, but retain it for public use as a cultural precinct."