Byron Shire Council – 1994 Roundhouse Report

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Apr 172013

Attached is the April 1994 Local Government Investigation into Byron Shire Council’s conduct of the Roundhouse affair.

Council had to buy the Roundhouse by order of the Land and Environment court. They paid approximately $1 million for the Roundhouse land including the building which Council demolished in 1996. They paid another $3 million in court costs, lawyers, etc. Plus interest. This did not include the owners’ court costs, except for a small contribution from Council.

Regards Jan Mangleson
President OSCA

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Final say from Mary Brophy, Local Government Inspector and author of the Roundhouse Report

Final say from Mary Brophy, Local
Government Inspector and author of the Roundhouse Report

Nov 162012

OSCA LEP information night on:
7PM, Monday 19th November, 2012
Ocean Shores Gallery, Next to Target,
Rajah Road Ocean Shores

The Local Environment Plan is the document on which all land and property use is based.  Byron Council’s first LEP was written in 1988 and is still the planning document for the shire.  There have been over a hundred amendments to the plan, including the zoning of the Roundhouse site which in 1988 was zoned for community use.  It is now zoned residential and is still approved for an 11 lot subdivision.

There is a new LEP now in the pipeline, the Draft LEP has gone on public exhibition for community comment and submissions.  Submissions have to be at Council by 24th December 2012.  A copy of the new draft LEP is at the Ocean Shores Gallery.

Whether you live in a town or rural area, the LEP will change the way the shire operates.  It is important to know what it is about.

OSCA has invited Rex Harris of the Byron Rural Action Group to meet with us on Monday night 19th November at 7pm.  Rex will show us a power point presentation about the new LEP, especially with a rural perspective but also to inform us of our community open spaces and parks, our waterways.  If you live near a drain/watercourse/creek there may be restrictions on what you can plant or build if it is 40m from it.  If you have a home based business, what are your rights under the new LEP?

Important to be aware of the new proposals.

Come along on Monday night at 7pm to hear.
Ocean Shores Gallery, next to Target.

Jan Mangleson
OSCA President

To learn more, go to:, or come to the Ocean Shores Gallery to view the documents.

Review the Draft Byron LEP 2012 and have your say at

Submissions deadline is December 24th.

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Byron Shire Council seeks your feedback on the new Local Environmental Plan

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Oct 242012

Known as the Draft Byron LEP 2012, it will replace Council’s existing Byron LEP 1988. The draft LEP applies to all land in Byron Shire and will regulate land use and development by allocating land use zones (eg where residential, rural, environmental, commercial, industrial land is located) and development controls (eg subdivision, minimum lot sizes, building heights, heritage conservation and environmental controls such as flooding, coastal erosion, protection of the environment).

Review the Draft Byron LEP 2012 and have your say at

Byron Shire Council Community Strategic Plan

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Jan 242012

Make your comments on Council’s Community Strategic Plan FORUM

Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA)

Major priorities for Council

As part of the consultation for the Community Strategic Plan, the Ocean Shores Community Association hosted a public meeting at the Ocean Shores Country Club on Monday night October 31st 2011. Two Council staff members and Cr. Diane Woods attended.

Priority issues as identified by
Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA)

The meeting was asked to identify two major priorities for Council to achieve out of all the issues raised. The two issues prioritised are as follows:

  1. Fair equity of allocation of resources to the Ocean Shores area based on the proportion of rate payers contributing revenue.  This includes provision of sports fields and the dedication of the Roundhouse site for public use as a cultural and tourism precinct.
  2. Financial sustainability of Council

The full list of issues raised with comments from the meeting are as follows:

Fair equity of allocation of resources to the Ocean Shores area based on the proportion of rate payers contributing revenue.  This includes provision of sports fields and the dedication of the Roundhouse site for public use as a cultural and tourism precinct.

The Ocean Shores area (the coastal far north) is now the largest residential population base in the Shire. However over the years, Council’s resources allocations have consistently been used elsewhere in the shire. The meeting called on council to address this. For example if the Ocean Shores area contributes 25% of rates and other income then 25% of the council spend should average out to be spent here.

The provision of services and facilities in the Ocean Shores area falls far below any fair and equitable distribution. This is especially the case in the provision of sporting facilities and the dedication of the Roundhouse site for public use as a cultural, tourism and arts precinct.

Historically, when Ocean Shores was founded in 1969, a Deed of Agreement between the developers Wendell West, the NSW State Government, local councils and owners of rural properties on which the town is situated provided for three stages of the town’s development.

The first and second stages were completed as agreed. Stage three never occurred mainly because of the work of political activists which stopped any further development for most of the third stage.

This third stage was planned to include many public amenities for town and district residents. Residents of Ocean Shores were never compensated for the loss of the planned sports fields, an art gallery, a high school, another primary school, a regional shopping centre, hospital, civic centre, a beach club, tourist development etc.

The Roundhouse building on the 1.388 Ha site was the administration centre for the town’s developers. It was opened in 1969. Council bought the Roundhouse site in 1993 following a $3 million court battle and zoned the land for community purposes. It later rezoned the land as residential and now plans to develop it for subdivision and sale.

The meeting called on Council to recognise that the Roundhouse and sportsfields is considered by many residents to be part compensation for the loss Stage Three of the Ocean Shores development.  According to an OSCA survey in 2010, 97% of respondents supported the dedication of the Roundhouse site for an arts and cultural precinct.

However, Ocean Shores is not asking Council to pay for or build a cultural centre on the site. The community asks Council to dedicate the site for public use as a cultural precinct and allow the community to fundraise and manage the site. The Roundhouse Action Group submitted a business plan to council in December 2010 proposing this community management model. In the short term, this would save Council the $1.3 million borrowings needed to subdivide the site.

Financial sustainability of Council.

OSCA Treasurer, Dianne Costin, a practising accountant, has studied Council’s financial report on the 2010/2011 budget and has raised issues of concern. She has put a number of questions to Council and addressed Council at its meeting of November 3 2011. The financial statements have been put on public exhibition in accordance with Section 419(1) of the Local Government Act. However, this does not have any impact on the content of the reports. More about this later.

Additional community issues identified:

  1. Provision of better transport services
  2. Need for access to beach and river
  3. Re-zoning of land behind shopping centre and Marshalls Creek to allow foreshore access/passive recreation.
  4. Renewable energy and efficiency:
    • Subsidised usage metres (permanently fixed to house.
    • Community group buy of solar power
  5. Consideration of wards (riding) system to provide better electoral
  6. Support for the establishment of an aged care facility including independent living, supported care and nursing home.
  7. Additional street lighting.
  8. Additional footpaths (also needs monitoring of rockworks and tree planting on road reserves/nature strip – can inhibit people walking on the grass/road reserves.
  9. Playgrounds – more small passive recreation areas needed.
  10. Increased youth activities for Ocean Shores in existing community facilities including the Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach community centres.
  11. Support for proposed Community Health Centre planned for Ocean Shores by NSW Health.
  12. Bush fire protection – especially adjacent to the Ocean Shores primary school which urgently needs an Asset Protection Zone (APZ) against adjoining bushland in the Billinudgel Nature Reserve.
  13. Affordable housing:
    • Working in partnership with business/developers & workable planning policies.
    • Council relaxing more planning conditions to support Affordable Housing
    • Council implementing its Affordable Housing Strategy.
    • Council to advocate for a change to State legislation to allow for a 120sqm secondary dwelling on large rural properties. This would provide a pool of affordable three bedroom rural family rental housing as secondary housing cannot be subdivided off and sold. This would also allow for provision for elderly parents to stay on the farm. Current planned legislation provides for a maximum 60 sq. metre for rural secondary housing.
  14. Higher priority of the economic development of the Shire will lead to increased employment – better housing.
  15. Increased Council support for economic development, especially support for business, industry and tourism sectors (council in partnership with industry rather than an adversarial approach).
  16. Greater consideration/consultation for existing and new Businesses when allowing any additional farmers’ and monthly markets to occur.
  17. Better accounting of Council money spent per town and area. Transparency needed to allow a more equitable allocation of resources.
  18. Council to listen to the coastal far north community.

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