Mullumbimby hospital sold for $1
With great excitement Byron Shire Council received news this afternoon that the state government was selling the Mullumbimby Hospital to Council for $1.
A phone call from the Hon Ben Franklin MP to Mayor Simon Richardson and General Manager Ken Gainger this afternoon confirmed the sale.
"This is an incredible win for the community,” a delighted Mayor Richardson said.
“It goes to show that when we all work together: political parties, groups, government levels and individuals-we can achieve anything.
“When we ditch a combative approach to the curb and negotiate in good faith, not only can we get great results, we can build great relationships that can continue to grow and deliver great benefits.
“Today is a wonderful day indeed,” he said.
Council is expecting the formal notification to arrive over the coming days, but in the meantime will be organising inspections out to the site.
“We know the building has asbestos but the inspections will give us a better understanding of the clean-up, if there are sections that can be saved, or demolish and start again.
“And it’s an exciting conversation coming up with residents about the potential future use of the site,” Mayor Richardson noted.
MHAG Chair Michael Pelmore said “we are very excited that after so long, the community has finally secured the hospital site and are moving forward to work with council and community to determine future uses. Profound thanks to the community and all contributors.”
Deputy Mayor, Cr Basil Cameron said “this is a fantastic result for the community. A huge thank you to the thousands of people who have worked for decades to create and care for the hospital site. A significant part of our heritage has been retained for the future of the Mullumbimby community due to the determination of all.”
Mike New of the Community Alliance stated "A magnificent result illustrating the power of our amazing community.
“Thanks to the 25 shire wide groups who came together over the last month to make this all possible, especially to MHAG who carried the baton for years now, to the council and politicians and to the 350 people who took to the streets to have our voice heard.
“We look forward to working together with all stakeholders in an open collaborative planning process that will create a beautiful result for the use of the land for the community,” Mr New said.
Mayor Richardson also thanked the Hon Ben Franklin MP for his community support of the purchase.
“Ben’s strong support for his local community has been integral in getting today’s outcome,” he said.
Mayor Simon Richardson