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June 18, 2024

Roundhouse site should be for all to enjoy

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I believe we should save the Roundhouse site . It is such a significant, special, and spiritual, piece of land. We should preserve it and build something special, which is available for the whole of Byron shire.

The building could be an art gallery, there could be a room dedicated to the history of the whole of Byron shire, there could be a restaurant , the opportunity for creativity is unlimited, to make something special of this site, to reflect its history as the beginning of Ocean Shores, and also I would suspect, its use as a significant site for thousands of years by our first people.

Hey councillors, where is your vision? Here, Byron shire has an outstanding, and never-to- be-repeated opportunity, to conceive of a structure to be used by all. Something unique and of value to the community and visitors alike.  Something the whole shire can be proud of, to treasure for future generations.

Anyone can sell off land. In a few years time, there would be nothing to show for the sale proceeds. I don’t think this land should be sold to pay for council’s debts.

The Roundhouse site should be used to provide something of lasting importance; something which has been planned for this community when it was established, and has been taken from us. It needs to be restored to its original intent, for use by the community.

I think that to sell off this beautiful piece of land would be a tragedy. With careful budgeting, council can meet all its monetary obligations.

In this instance, Byron shire has this one chance to think outside the square, and be open to something special. It’s time for a structure of ambience to reflect the ‘specialness’ of this site, to be enjoyed and appreciated by all.

 J. Trueman, Ocean Shores


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  1. Regrettably the only persuasive argument against Council,s conduct is the legal one which has not been published.


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