Wendy & Bob Levett, Byron Bay
There have been so many good things brought about in the Bay over the years because of the foresight and dedicated hard work of community members with a vision for their town. We think of the memorial Olympic pool, the new library, the community centre, the Cavanbah sports centre and the new hospital, to name a few.
The subject disturbing our minds over the last couple of months since returning from visiting family in the UK is the sight of the old hospital, fenced with wire and studded with notices telling passers-by that it is no more a hospital. It is closed.
Is this very desirable public land, situated as it is at the very heart of our community, about to be sold to developers for the building of yet another block of flats? Or will it be used for something that will benefit our community?
If not, we feel this would not only be a big mistake and an opportunity lost but also a disgrace that public assets should be sold off to the highest bidder without thought for the long-term needs of the community.