Fight to save Roundhouse

THE campaign to save the Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores forpublic use is gaining momentum.

More than 100 people turned out on Monday night to discuss the future of the site, which the Byron Shire Council intends todevelop and sell off.

A sale of the prime site is the only way for the council to get out of debt, Cr Ross Tucker told the meeting.

However, those present voted unanimously to ask council to keep the site public, and to seek community input into its future.

One proposal to be made to council came from architect Jerry Cook, who provided a concept design in which 15 units are built on part of the land and the rest developed for a cultural centre.

“The units would provide anincome stream for council,” said Jan Mangelson, of the Ocean Shores Community Association.

She said the many groups represented at the meeting included the Lions Club, the Byron Music Society and the Brunswick Heads Progress Association.

Cr Diane Woods said she would propose an audit of all council property in the shire, which should be carried out before any decision was made on the sale.

People at the meeting were ‘appalled that the last piece of council-owned land in Ocean Shores was going to be sold off’, Ms Mangelson said.

“It’s so short-sighted. Council’s debt may be relieved in the short-term, but the land will be gone for ever,” she said.

Ballina MP Don Page has written to the council in support ofretaining the site as public land.

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