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Re the ongoing saga of the Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores. It was the original office for Wendell West, the first developers. They gave it to Council to be a community centre. There were a lot of artworks bought to display there.

Some years later there was a big shitfight and Council was forced to buy the site back from a couple of local real estate agents. Who did they buy it from and for how much? What happened to the artwork? Now Council wants to sell it and people with the same name as the estate agents are campaigning to stop the sale and make it a community centre. Is all this legal?

W B Crompton, Mullumbimby

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  1. WB,
    There is a sentence that needs explanation: “They gave it to Council to be a community centre”.
    To give something to some other organisation (Council) means that Byron Council then owned it. So why is Council buying it back from a real-estate agent?
    If it was given to Council for the purpose of being a community centre, that site then cannot be given as Leasehold. It was given as Freehold to Council? Is that correct?
    And then….why was it given freely to Byron Council, so Council had to then buy it back from a real-estate agent. To buy it back from an agent means they did not own it. Why did Byron Council did not own it when it was given to them?


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