Ocean Shores sports field campaign
By RENEE REDMOND
DEDICATED Ocean Shores residents who plan to transform Lot 107 Shara Boulevard into a sports field, continued to clear the area yesterday, armed with lawn-mowers, brushcutters and whipper-snippers.
President of the Ocean Shores Tidy Town community group, Tina Petroff, said more than 20 volunteers spent the morning at the lot clearing long grass and weeds from the Byron Shire Council-owned land. She said the land was promised to the community as a sports field in 1996.
"Before we got involved six years ago, it was a dumping ground for old cars and household rubbish" she said.
Ms Petroff said now all they needed was approval for their plan of management from council. "They have a number of alternative sites for the sports field but none of them are in Ocean Shores. Lot 107 is out of flood area and it's at an ideal location."
However, Byron Bay mayor Jan Barham said the Ocean Shores residents had already been warned not to clear the site, as known threatened species inhabited the area.
Cr Barham said she was not prepared to comment on whether Lot 107 had been ruled out as a possible option for the sports field.