Roundhouse subdivision to go ahead, Byron council decides

BYRON Shire Council has resolved to go ahead with the Roundhouse subdivision and has awarded the tender to commence works.

During public access the council had heard from an Ocean Shores community representative requesting that the tender be delayed for 60 days in order to allow the community time to raise funds to purchase the site from council.

However council's executive manager of water and recycling, Phil Warner, said that not going ahead with the tender selection process for 60 days could see the  status of the tenders being impacted.

"A delay would mean that Council would need to go back to the tenderers and reconfirm the price based on the works being carried out 60 days later.  It could result in a price increase," Mr Warner said.

"It would also see the subdivision works potentially going over the Christmas holiday period and this too could result in increased costs."

General manager, Ken Gainger, also added that the recently adopted Financial Sustainability Project Plan that saw the establishment of the Infrastructure Renewal Fund reserve, was predicated upon the sale of developed allotments on the Roundhouse site.

"The objective of the reserve is to grow the fund and therefore enable priority works to be undertaken," Mr Gainger said. 

"The sale of the Roundhouse blocks, will see the funds invested back into priority works in the north of the Shire. Delayed works, increased costs, or a reduced price could see less funds available for the priority works."

"For the community to purchase the site, they would need to secure over $2.5 million. To achieve this within 60 days is unlikely and we need to progress the works so the financial gains can be returned to the community via priority works," Mr Gainger said.

The Roundhouse subdivision tender works was awarded to J M Bashforths & Sons Pty Ltd at a price of $831,824.40.


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