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Future of Mullumbimby Hospital site is in good hands

The excitement about the potential for the Mullumbimby Hospital site was hard to contain when the Mullumbimby Hospital Site Project Reference Group (MHSPRG) held its first meeting on the 14 November 2017. 

Twenty-one community groups or individuals make up the group and there is enormous optimism about the future use of the site for the community, Chair of the MHSPRG Councillor Jeanette Martin said.

“It’s important for people to know that the community has felt a strong sense of ownership of the site since the original hospital opened in 1969,” Councillor Martin said.

“Mullumbimby has always had this culture of self-reliance and that energy is still there and this is  evident by the way people are working together on this project,” she said.

The Mullumbimby Hospital was closed in May 2016 when the new Byron Central Hospital opened and the NSW Government announced earlier this year that it would sell the site to the Byron Shire Council for $1.

“The site is not without its challenges, including a well-documented history of asbestos but nothing is insurmountable and we are up for the challenge,” Cr Martin said.

“The MHSPRG will develop a Management Plan for the site in 12 months and this first meeting takes us one step closer to realising that goal,” she said.

“Well-known local identity Gil Lomath, is  a spokesperson for this group and there will be plenty of opportunities for people to share their ideas and get involved in this project when we consult with the broader community in the first half of next year,” Cr Martin said.

Meeting notes and other relevant information about the group’s activities will be provided on the Council’s website at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/committees/mullumbimby-hospital-site-project-reference-group

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