Hospital depends on land rezoning

A proposal to rezone land at Ewingsdale to accommodate a new central Byron Shire hospital is now on public exhibition until February 16.

Residents are being invited to comment on the proposal to rezone the site from 1(d) Investigation Zone to 5(a) Special Uses Zone to allow the hospital to be built.

The council’s acting executive manager of environment and planning, Sharyn French, said the proposed rezoning was a crucial step in providing improved health services to the shire.

“The proposed Byron central hospital will replace existing hospitals in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay and provide sustainable health services for Byron Shire residents for years to come,” she said.

“So council is pleased the community can now have a say on what is being proposed for the Ewingsdale site.”

Beyond the public discussion regarding the proposed rezoning, Ms French said further assessment would be required to ensure the hospital development was appropriate for the Byron Shire.

She said once public submissions on the rezonig closed, council staff would prepare a submission report which would go to a council meeting.

If approved by councillors, the final rezoning proposal would then be sent to the Department of Planning, which would amend the Byron Local Environmental Plan (LEP), she said.

After that, the development would be in the hands of the North Coast Area Health Service.

The plan can be viewed at the council’s offices, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay Libraries and on the council’s website at

Written submissions to be addressed to General Manager, PO Box 219, Mullumbimby, 2482 and marked “Submission Byron Central Hospital Planning proposal.”

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