council rejects claim it can't legally sell Roundhouse
- 13th October 2015
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The Roundhouse at Ocean Shores on opening day in 1969.
Shire Council has rejected claims it cannot legally
sell the controversial Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores.
Ocean Shores Community Association yesterday released
a statement announcing
it had secured an injunction preventing the sale of
Roundhouse blocks pending a legal challenge.
the statement, the association said the site was designated
community land and the council had no legal right
to sell it.
Byron Shire Council legal services coordinator Ralph
James says the association has got it wrong.
land was zoned residential use back in 1996 and reclassified
as 'operational land' in March 2002," Mr James
said in a statement.
also disputes the allegation that a 'community trust'
was setup over the land and to ensure this was the
case, put the land through yet another reclassification
process which saw the land, for the second time, classified
James said the council had not been applied with a
copy of the association's application to the Land
and Environment Court but intended to "vigorously"
defend its right to sell the land.
Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger also took
a swing at the Ocean Shores Community Association,
effectively accusing it of wasting ratepayers' money.
a sad fact that Council has had decades of legal fees
and costs over this site, that run into the millions,"
Mr Gainger said.
a lengthy legal challenge, it was forced to acquire
the land from the property owners back in 1991."
a swipe at both the Ocean Shores action and the recently
withdrawn bid to prevent the Belongil rock wall, Mr
Gainger lashed out at "irresponsible and baseless
time to 'stop the bleeding' and put the funds back
into much needed community infrastructure such as
roads, sports fields and amenities and Council is
working hard to achieve this outcome," he said.
time to get on with the work of rebuilding Byron Shire.
Not defending irresponsible and baseless legal challenges."