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Old Byron Hospital handed over

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Having initially made all key documents in relation to the hand over of responsibility confidential, Byron’s old hospital was transferred to an incorporated not-for-profit company at last week’s meeting of Byron Council.

In a move conducted in confidential session owing to ‘commercial sensitivities’, the Council voted unanimously to grant a head lease to the Old Byron Hospital Pty Ltd for the next 10 years, with an annual rent of $1,046,500 per year.

Old Byron Hospital Pty Ltd consists of the same group of community members who have been involved in the project since 2016.

They helped convince NSW Health to sell the site to Byron Council in late 2018 for $1, and have been preparing the site for its new purpose as a community services hub.

Old Byron Hospital Pty Ltd will now have the power to decide which organisations are given leases to operate out of the Shirley Street site.

Byron Council have released three of the four documents from being confidential.

This includes the constitution of Old Byron Hospital Pty Ltd, and a draft of the lease agreement Council is offering to the company.

The draft lease between the Council and Old Byron Hospital Pty Ltd indicates that the company has agreed to a limited number of uses of the site, including an educational establishment, a health service facility, a retail facility selling food and drinks, and office facilities.

The Echo understands that sub leases will be structured in three tiers, with Tier 1 being for commercial organisations and Tier 3 being a zero-cost space for community projects.

The old Byron Hospital Pty Ltd will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the property.


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