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That is the question that Byron Shire Council asked Suffolk Park residents this week.

The money comes from accummulated ‘Section 94’ developer contributions for open space and community facilities.

Council officials met with about 50 residents on Wednesday night at the Suffolk Park community hall to talk about using the Section 94 monies.

Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Council is able to levy contributions for public amenities and services required as a result of development growth.

Council’s executive manager of environment and planning, Ray Darney, said that under state government regulations can be used for improving Suffolk’s playgrounds, parks and sports fields, but cannot be used for roads.

‘So, within the limits imposed by the State Government, we want to spend the money appropriately. That will be done through partnering with the community to achieve what is best for Suffolk Park residents, and last night’s meeting was part of that.’

As part of the consultation process, Suffolk Park Progress Association has developed a survey which is currently being distributed throughout the community.

Mr Darney said the next step in the process after last night’s meeting was to have Suffolk Park residents complete the Progress Association’s survey and forward a report to Council.

‘After that, we’ll review the Suffolk Park Progress Association’s report and present potential outcomes to Councillors on how the Section 94 open space contributions may be spent,’ he said.


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