Roundhouse story – OSCA going to court

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Oct 122015

Dear OSCA and Roundhouse for Community supporters

OSCA has gone to the Land and Environment Court to begin the process to stop the sales and to stop LEP Amendment No. 2 Roundhouse reclassification from finalising.

We ask for ten minutes of your time to support us in our campaign to restore the Roundhouse land to the community.  7 minutes film plus 3 minutes to telephone or email  Minister Rob Stokes to ask for the Roundhouse land to be returned to the community. 

Phone  (02) 857 46707 or .

And if you still have time after that, please circulate this message.

Thank you.

Ocean Shores Community Association Inc.

Roundhouse Place – Encroachment on Orana Rd

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Mar 132014

Has the Byron Shire Council complied with the Building Code of Australia in its Roundhouse subdivision? As everyone else has to do?

Is Roundhouse Place compliant, or the access driveway to Lot 11?

Here are the gradient requirements under BCA.
Note the gradients and the area to be kept clear of obstructions to visibility.

Jan Mangleson

vehicular circulation and parking

vehicular circulation and parking

Hans Lovejoy – The Byron Shire Echo, April 12, 2011

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Sep 122013

An in depth article from Hans Lovejoy – The Byron Shire Echo, April 12, 2011

Roundhouse Action Group (RAG)’s plans for a self-funded community and cultural centre have been announced and will be presented to Council this Thursday.
The prime parcel of Council- owned land in Ocean Shores has, for many years, been an underutilised public asset.
Since it was acquired in 1993, the 1.388 hectare site has re- mained largely unused.

Full article (PDF 1.7Mb):

Work to commence on Ocean Shore’s Roundhouse site

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Sep 102013

From Council’s online media release – 30th August, 2013:
Roundhouse subdivision works to proceed – tender awarded

Byron Shire Council resolved [Thursday 29th August, 2013,] to go ahead with the Roundhouse subdivision and awarded the tender to commence works.

During public access, Council heard from an Ocean Shores community representative requesting that the tender be delayed for 60 days, in order to allow the community time to raise funds to purchase the site from Council.

The Roundhouse subdivision tender works was awarded to J M Bashforths & Sons Pty Ltd at a price of $ 831,824.40 including GST.

Read more…

The following article was published online – copyright Northern Star:
Northern Star
Work to commence on Ocean Shore’s Roundhouse site
Northern Star – Andy Parks 2nd Sep 2013 5:00 AM

BYRON Shire Council awarded a tender to commence work on the controversial Roundhouse subdivision.

The 1.3-hectare site at Ocean Shores will be subdivided into 11 residential lots, with money from the sale of the Council-owned land going into a fund for infrastructure work in the north of the shire.

At a council meeting on Thursday, Ocean Shores residents requested that council delay the tender for 60 days so that they could try to raise the funds to purchase the land.

But Mayor Simon Richardson said the community had been given six months to raise the funds and council believed a further delay would result in increased costs because it would push it into the Christmas holiday period and they may need to go back to tenderers to reconfirm their prices.

“Council resolved to subdivide six months ago and gave the community a chance to get together and raise the money.

“We said, “If you guys get close, we would prefer you to buy it”, but we heard nothing until the day we had to vote (on the tender) which was too late. There was no real commitment (to raising the funds) so we deemed that we had to move on,” Cr Richardson said.

Byron Council’s general manager Ken Grainger said the community would need to raise $2.5 million to secure the site. President of the Ocean Shores Community Association, Jan Mangleson said they felt betrayed because prior to the last local government elections, most of the candidates had said they would preserve the Roundhouse site as a community asset.

“This has always been a very special piece of land for the community and we have continually said we want it preserved for public use as a cultural precinct,” she said.

Cr Richardson said money from the sale of the land would go towards fast-tracking roads and footpaths and “other areas that have been identified as being needed” in the north of Byron Shire.

The successful tender for the subdivision work was JM Bashforths & Sons Pty Ltd.

The above article was published online – copyright Northern Star:
Northern Star
Work to commence on Ocean Shore’s Roundhouse site
Northern Star – Andy Parks 2nd Sep 2013 5:00 AM

Apr 182013

18th April, 2013

Addressing council
Addressing council


Re: Item 14.2 Roundhouse Development Report and Item 12.12 Operating Budgets 2013/14
I don’t know how I can convey to you in a mere five minutes the hopes and dreams of a whole town trying to stop their beloved heart space being sent to the bulldozers.

This is the moment, this is the day that the Roundhouse could be lost. You are being asked to approve the agreement with the Country Club. However in doing so, as the summary of the Report clearly states, Council will then go to tender for the development.

In the 1988 Byron Shire Local Environment Plan the Roundhouse site was zoned by Council as “Special Uses 5a – Community Purposes”. This led the community to believe Council was going to acquire the site for community purposes.

RAG and OSCA surveyed a sample of 850 local residents on their preferred use of the Roundhouse site. 97% wanted it for public use, mainly for cultural use. 3% wanted a subdivision so that the money could be spent on filling in potholes.

I have been asked to remind Councillors that you promised to keep the Roundhouse in public hands and not develop it for sale as residential lots. And you did promise this at the Ocean Shores community centre before the elections . Many people rejoiced at your words, but some were cynical that politicians would not keep their word.

The alternatives are: a subdivision of at least 18 high rise dual occupancy buildings forever on the Roundhouse knoll ridgeline. Or, a council community long term project, with a self sustaining cultural facility, supported by most of the residents of this shire. The Roundhouse would be a visitor attractant, and inject sorely needed employment and income earning opportunities into the town and shire.

On behalf of the Ocean Shores and district community I am asking you to approve whatever you need to approve regarding the Country Club easements, but at the same time, stop the tenders being called.

Considerable pressure appears to be on councillors to accept the Roundhouse subdivision as the quickest means of urgently gaining extra revenue. This is lazy and misleading. Councillors have been requesting a list of other saleable sites for at least ten years. There are other Council sites especially at Byron Bay that can be sold without the risk of having to borrow beyond Council’s capability.

The 2013/14 Budget seems to indicate that Council is not sustainable and will not be able to borrow capital for the Roundhouse subdivision.
How much money is the development going to cost? And how much will Council have to borrow? Council’s draft 2013/14 Budget lists Roundhouse Development Costs as $1,354,200 allocated to the 2012/13 year and a carryover of $1,273,400 into the 2013/14 year which we presume is the extent of the projected borrowings less the $90,000 Roundhouse borrowings cash deposit council had to take from the 2012/13 budget to obtain a small surplus.

The figures in the 2013/2014 Budget need clarification for the community. What do they mean? Have the borrowings of $1,273,400 been the result of a revised business plan, less the $227,000 lost from the Country Club withdrawal. Would this yield a quick return? Would the borrowings have to be repaid quickly and upfront, or is this a long term loan? Is Council now borrowing 100% of the development costs? Is Council meeting the debt servicing ratio for this? Council has not addressed the reported difficulty of the contaminated site. Unless this is done, who will risk buying any Roundhouse land? Is this risky project really going to give Council a quick return of its investment, or yield the $2 million windfall it thinks is coming?

Because of the risk, and Councils poor financial status, should the Roundhouse borrowings now come under S23A of the Local Government Act which includes Council’s obligation to carry out a Capital Expenditure Review and notify the Division of Local Government? Have Councillors been briefed on this possibility?

There has been a blow out of development costs from the original 2001 business plan. This alone means referring under S23A to the Division of Local Government.

By Council resolution, lots 10 and 11 fronting Orana Road will be set aside. So the net yield to council will be for only 9 lots. Has this been factored into the Roundhouse profit estimates?

Section 23A of the Local Government Act Clause 8 states: “Councils have a responsibility to their community for the prudent management of community assets and finances.” The community expects Councillors to be fully briefed on the financial implications of the risk venture of the Roundhouse subdivision before allowing tenders to be called.

I have not time to address other issues in depth but will list them:

  1. The contaminated well on Lot 9 of the subdivision. EPA water tests show water contamination levels at a depth of 8 metres exceeding guidelines. Elements present include phosphorous, vanadium, manganese, aluminium and iron. No soil testing has been done. Will people buy land with possible contamination issues?
  2. Since July 1 2012 OSCA has been running a successful community pop up gallery at Ocean Shores, which demonstrates the great need for a public showcase for our creative arts. The current exhibition is Council’s Youth Art Project. Byron Shire does not have a permanent public gallery. OSCA has a dream of moving the gallery to a demountable building on the Roundhouse site. This would get things started.
  3. The Roundhouse site is heritage listed in Schedule 5 of the new draft LEP. Many residents would like to donate archival material to preserve the town’s history.
  4. Harry Boyd, the Ngargwal Durungbul custodian of the Ocean Shores to Tweed Nerang areas fully supports a cultural centre on the Roundhouse site. He wants to write a history of his people, with the support of the Ocean Shores Historical Society and based at the Roundhouse cultural centre.

We need a Project Reference Group or some other format to discuss all the issues. Council could then work with RAG and OSCA, with the Ngargwal and other community groups.

Jan Mangleson RAG OSCA
0431 477445.