Court issues injuction blocking sale of Roundhouse blocks
BYRON Shire Council's plans to sell off Ocean Shores' Roundhouse site have stalled after the Land and Environment Court agreed to an injunction.
The injunction prevents the council from selling any part of the site and follows decades of debate over the future of the site, with residents wanting it developed as a community space and the council wanting to sell it to shore-up its financial position.
It also follows years of ill feeling between the council and the Ocean Shores community following the sale in 2006 of land at Shara Boulevard, originally set aside for sports fields, to the then Roads and Traffic Authority as environmental land.
In a statement, the Ocean Shores Community Association said the Roundhouse site had been designated community land and the council had no legal right to sell it off.
"The community has a sense it was betrayed by the council," executive member John Youdan is quoted saying in the statement.
"The law is very clear 'Community land cannot be sold'.
"The council itself zoned this land community. The people of Ocean Shores have consistently resisted the attempts by Byron Council to sell the Roundhouse land.
Should the Roundhouse site be:
This poll ended on 19 October 2015.
Developed as a community facility
Turned into a park
Sold off as residential lots to fund other infrastructure at Ocean Shores
Sold off as residential lots to improve Byron Shire Council's financial position
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
"During the recent 'Gateway Determination' process the community consultation consistently objecting to the sale of the Roundhouse land was ignored.
"Only the court can give legal certainty. OSCA is asking for a fair go for the community who values the Roundhouse as the heart of the town of Ocean Shores.
"The final verdict should be decided by the court with both parties having an equal chance to present their case."
The council was expected to appeal against the injunction within the next fortnight.