Aug 202012
 

Dear OSCA Members and residents of Ocean Shores and district.

Ocean Shores District Planning Meeting.
Tuesday, August 21st 4pm To 5.30pm.
At The OS Gallery, next to Target..

The Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) has invited all candidates for the council elections to engage the communities of Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach, New Brighton, Billinudgel, and coastal north rural areas.

Meet the Candidates.
Date: Wednesday, September 5th.
Venue: Ocean Shores Community Centre, Rajah Rd..
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start. .

Please come and let the candidates hear from a strong representation from our communities.

BEFORE we meet the candidates we wish to consult with you, our members and friends.

OSCA and many residents of Ocean Shores district are concerned and plan to let the candidates for the upcoming council elections know about the issues that have been ignored in our OS town and district for many years.

Community consultation to brief the candidates
Date: Tuesday, August 21st.
Time: 4pm.
Venue: OS Community Gallery, shop next to Target, Rajah Rd..

OSCA hopes to finalise a briefing paper which we will then send to the candidates. If you can’t come, please take the time to email us with your thoughts. We will pass these on to the candidates. Please let your neighbours and friends know about both of these meetings. The Tuesday meeting is not for the council candidates, but for residents.

The following items, listed below, were the main issues raised at the council community consultation meeting last year.
Do you endorse these as the issues to be given to the candidates?
Would you prefer other matters to be added?
Would you prefer any of these issues to be replaced by others?

  • Ocean Shores district residents represent more than 20% of the population of Byron Shire. Ocean Shores is now the largest residential town in the shire. Yet the town is often left out of council planning, publications etc. Why? Include Ocean Shores in all future council planning and publications and give us a fair share of council expenditure.
  • Roundhouse Site. Do not sell the Roundhouse site. Dedicate it for public use, for future use as a community run cultural and tourism site. Once the land is dedicated for public use, a management committee from the community can be appointed and grant funding sought.
  • Sports Fields. OSCA supports the purchase of 80 acres of land at Billinudgel for use as sportsfields for the district.
  • The State of Infrastructure in the Ocean Shores District – fix the potholes, commence a comprehensive timetable in Council’s management plan to repair our roads.
  • Economic Development . Give Ocean Shores a fair share of council spending. Support small business. Include Ocean Shores in tourism planning.
  • Transport. Light rail, bikeways/pathways, public transport.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss any of the above issues.
Jan 66801108 or Roger 66190308.

Regards

Jan, Roger, Dianne and Jason
Your OSCA Executive.

OSCA News Report – July 2012

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Jul 142012
 

Dear OSCA Member

Welcome to the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) News Report. OSCA is taking part in the Ocean Shores’ Shopping Village’s Spring into Spring Fair, which we hope will become an annual event. There are many activities planned for the six weeks of the Fair, including a $1000 cash shopping docket barrel drawn on Saturday September 1st 11am in the shopping mall, a cocktail party and others. Prizes will also be drawn each Friday. Watch the media each week for details, or visit the OSCA website.

On two Saturdays 14th July and 1st September, there will be a free supervised 4 x 8 metre kid’s slide for children 10 years and under. This will be in the front of the Ocean Shores Community Church, next to Target. If raining, the slide will be postponed to the following week. One of the Saturdays is sponsored by the Summerland Credit Union.

Community organisations are invited to take part, with opportunities to raise money and showcase what they do. We are working with Quota, Lions, Marine Rescue, CWA, Bay Rollers and others. If you know of a community organisation that could benefit, please let us know at roger@rajahroad.com.au.

This year, OSCA has been given the opportunity by the shopping centre to borrow the shop next to Target. We are exhibiting a collection of historic aerial photographs of our town and much more. The 2012 OSCA executive team, Vice President Jason Lasky, Secretary Roger Curran, Treasurer Dianne Costin and myself, President Jan Mangleson invite you to come and visit, meet us, and view the collection, plus other art works. There will be something new each week. This will be an OSCA fundraiser, with a gold (coloured!) coin donation to enter. Please let your friends know, or send them this email.

The photo exhibition opens at noon Saturday July 14th and will run for six weeks. If you would like to help out at the exhibition, please let us know. The more people we have, the more often we can open the doors. Please call Jan 66801108 or Roger 66190308, or call in at the shop.

The collection of early and recent aerial photographs of Ocean Shores and district are breathtaking. We have on exhibition a selection of these photographs, starting from 1968 with the Roundhouse as the only building, up to recent years, showing the new highway being built, the growth of the town, the shopping centre, the demolished Roundhouse on an empty site, the golf course, primary school, New Brighton, South Golden Beach, Billinudgel, Brunswick Heads and much more.

If you can identify some of the landmarks, etc, we would love to know.

Our next OSCA meeting is this Monday night, July 16th at 7pm at the exhibition shop, next to Target. The agenda includes the Roundhouse site, Sportsfields, Roads maintenance and other infrastructure, council candidates meeting etc. Please contact our secretary Roger Curran if you would like to discuss an issue, at roger@rajahroad.com.au.

Hope to see you at the exhibition shop,

Regards

Jan Mangleson President, OSCA.

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
    equity.
  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.

Byron Shire Council Website: www.byron.nsw.gov.au

Community Organisations

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Jan 232012
 

Community Organisations which service the Greater Ocean Shores area.
Names and contact details being compiled.

OSCA Inc.
Lobby Groups
Events Planning Groups

Tidy Towns

Garden Club