Long-time Ocean Shores residents Mark and Lisa Russell and Matthew Denehy have seen many community changes in its 40 years.
Long-time Ocean Shores residents Mark and Lisa Russell and Matthew Denehy have seen many community changes in its 40 years. Cathy Adams

Rounding up celebrations

ALL THE Ocean Shores community wants for its 40th birthday is its roundhouse back.

Ocean Shores residents gathered yesterday at the Ocean Shores Country Club to celebrate the area’s 40th birthday, reminiscing about the early days with no roads, kerbing or sports fields.

The nostalgia was interrupted, however, with a talk from Ocean Shores Community Association president Matthew Denehy, who encouraged residents to sign a petition urging Byron Council not to sell the vacant lot on Orana Road known as the ‘old roundhouse’. Rather, Mr Denehy would like to see the land used for an art gallery.

Mr Denehy said the site used to be the roundhouse, a sales office for Ocean Shores but has since been bulldozed. “We don’t want council to sell it off. It’s part of our history,” he said.

For Ocean Shores resident of 30 years, Lisa Russell, the bid to save the roundhouse site is the latest of many uphill battles to establish community projects.

“It just brings us closer,” the mother of four said.



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