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Council to enter into negotiations for Suffolk Park land

Byron Shire Council has confirmed its intent with the NSW Education Minister that they would like to consider purchasing the land at 60 Beech Drive, Suffolk Park.

Mayor Simon Richardson said since last week Council had been in contact with the department and local member Tamara Smith’s office, on the matter.

“It’s an essential piece of land for our residents and in 2001 Council secured a licence over the previously earmarked school site.

“Since that time, the site has been well used by the community and to see this land sold off for development has many in our community dismayed and upset.

“The land is surrounded by young families and our older generations and is a critical sporting and recreation asset.

“Over the years, our community and Council have invested significantly in the adjoining block with the tennis courts, skate park and playground.

“Land is very limited in the area and securing this space would continue to provide health and well-being opportunities for the future of our residents.”

With the support of the Minister, Byron Shire Council will now enter into negotiation for the Suffolk Park land and is in the process of completing a land valuation.

Council will consider funding sources and formally resolve on the matter at its next Council meeting on Thursday, 17 November.

“A successful outcome for our residents, with the support of the NSW government, would be highly welcomed in Byron and we thank Tamara Smith for her representation to the Minister,” Mayor Richardson said.


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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.