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Supporting Partnerships Background Information

Delivering better services and results for the Community is a key priority for Council. When it comes to tackling our most pressing issues, we recognise that Council may not be able to solve them alone. The opportunity exists for Council to harness the innovation and capital of the private and non-government sectors (private organisations, not-for-profits, philanthropists and others) to deliver better outcomes for the Community.

South Byron Sewerage Treatment Plant site, Suffolk Park

In early 2018, Council will be seeking partnership proposals for the masterplanning and development of the former South Byron Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) site in Suffolk Park.

The formal expression of interest (EoI) process is scheduled to commence in February/March and will seek proposals from suitably qualified and experienced proponents to partner with Council for a long-term ground lease where the community keeps the land and assets built on it at the end of the lease.

The former, decommissioned STP site is a total of 7.76 hectares, located at the southern entrance to Byron Bay.

Underpinning the EoI for partnership proposals for this site, is Council's commitment to retain key assets for long-term community benefit.  This intention is set out in full in Council's Supporting Partnerships policy.

In separate meetings, Council resolved to:
1) Retain ownership of two strategically important Council-owned sites:

  • The former South Byron Sewerage Treatment Plant (lots 1, 2, 7 Broken Head Road)
  • Lot 12 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

2) Proceed with an Expression of Interest process to partner with the non-government sector to explore beneficial future uses for the sites.
3) Adopt the Supporting Partnerships Policy.

What work has been undertaken so far?
Council Project Team has been established and the following work has commenced:

  • Probity Advisors appointed - O'Connor Marsden & Associate
  • Probity Plan complete
  • Specialist Property Consultants engaged - Savills
  • Two stage EoI and Request for Tender/Proposal (RFT/RFP) process endorsed
  • Draft EoI and draft EoI evaluation plan prepared
  • Presentation to Strategic Planning Workshop of Council (9 November 2017).

Given the strategic location of the 7.76 hectare site, it has the potential to host a landmark development that will be a catalyst to stimulate social, community and environmental benefits in particular, but also beneficial economic outcomes for Council and ratepayers.

Neighbours and stakeholders will be briefed during the expression of interest process which will commence in February/March and be available on Council’s website.  

EoI seeking partners for development of former South Byron STP

Byron Shire Council will proceed with an EoI seeking partners for the development of the former South Byron STP site, following endorsement of this action at Council's 14 December 2017 meeting.  At this meeting, the following Vision, Purpose, Aim and Objectives were endorsed.

1.0 Vision, Purpose, Aims and Objectives

1.1 Vision
Delivering better services and results for the Community is a key priority for Byron Shire Council (Council). When it comes to tackling our most pressing issues, we recognise that Council may not be able to solve them alone. The opportunity exists for Council to harness the innovation and capital of the private and non-government sectors (private organisations, not-for-profits, philanthropists and others) to deliver better outcomes for the Community.

Council has a vision to innovatively transform under-utilised land into assets that deliver greater value and benefit to the community. Lots 1, 2 and 7 Broken Head Road, South Byron (the Site) is strategically located and presents a significant opportunity for Council and the private/non-government sector to establish a partnership to unlock the potential of the site and deliver a range of social, environmental, economic and civic leadership outcomes. Council has a particular vision for this site to yield community and social benefits.

1.2 Purpose
The purpose of this EOI is to:
1. Invite proposals from capable and experienced Proponents to enable Council to gauge the level of preliminary interest development of the Site for community and social benefit; and 
2. Based on the level of interest, allow Council to consider proceeding with the project and, if so, to develop a short-list of proponents who will be invited to participate in a Stage 2 formal procurement process.

1.3 Community Strategic Plan Aims
The strategic aims and desired outcomes of the Byron Shire community are captured in the Byron Shire Community Strategic Plan 2022. Development of the site needs to make a positive contribution to delivering the Byron Shire communities’ aims and desired outcomes. The themes, and each of their aims, of the Community Strategic Plan are to deliver: 

  • Corporate Management – effective leadership and ethical and accountable decision making. 
  • Economy – a sustainable and diverse economy which provides innovative employment and investment opportunities in harmony with our ecological and social aims. 
  • Society and Culture – resilient, creative and active communities with a strong sense of local identity and place.
  • Environment – a natural and built environment that is improved for each generation.
  • Community Infrastructure – services and infrastructure that sustains, connects and integrates our communities and environment. 

Particular to this site, Council is keen to consider developments achieving the goals of the latter three themes: Society and Culture; Environment; and Community Infrastructure.

A complete version of the Byron Shire Community Strategic Plan can be viewed at: 
http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/publications/community-strategic-plan-2022

1.4 Strategic Objectives for this Site
Council’s strategic objectives for development of the Site are to:

  • deliver a range of social and community benefits, and environmental outcomes which respond to the needs of the community.
  • deliver infrastructure and services to community that may not otherwise be possible, or an income source to fund this.
  • provide accelerated delivery of priority infrastructure projects, or an income source to fund this.
  • retain this valuable land in community ownership.
  • develop the site to deliver quadruple bottom line outcomes and provide best value* to the Byron Shire Community.
  • be a leader in sustainable design, acting as an exemplar for others in the region to follow.

* ‘Best Value’ does not just mean best monetary value. A proposal will be Best Value if it achieves Council’s objectives and delivers the best outcomes for community (environmental, social, community economic and civic leadership outcomes) with appropriate regard to the allocation, management and mitigation of risk.

1.5 Objectives for this EOI
The objectives of this Invitation for Expressions of Interest (the Invitation) are to:

  • invite proponents to submit an EOI for the opportunity to participate in the possible future development of the Site,
  • provide background information and details regarding the Site
  • outline the Stages of the process and applicable timetable, and
  • assess the ability of proponents to fulfil Council’s requirements for development of the site.

This invitation for Expressions of Interest does not constitute an offer by Council to enter into any agreement. Council may or may not proceed further with this EOI process.

2.0 The Opportunity and Council Requirement

2.1 The Opportunity

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced companies/consortia (Proponents) who would like to partner with Council in the masterplanning and development of this strategically located site in South Byron. Council will grant a long term ground lease to the successful Proponent. Key terms include:

  • Lease term – 25 years or as negotiated with successful Proponent
  • Lease amount – subject to conclusion of the procurement process

2.2 Council Requirement and Anticipated Development

Council has no specific land use or development requirements for the Site. However, the following are some examples of land uses that are envisaged could deliver on the stated strategic objectives:

  • Education;
  • Living and active community (affordable housing and childcare);
  • Aged care; and
  • Environmental/biodiversity/cultural areas.

Given the strategic location of the Site at the southern entrance to Byron Bay, the Site has the potential to host a landmark development that will be a catalyst to stimulate social, community and environmental benefits in particular, but also economic and civic leadership benefits for the Byron
Shire.

About Lot 12 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
On 14 December 2017, Council endorsed deferring the EoI process for Lot 12 Bayshore Drive pending an investigation of regional economic development initiatives and grant opportunities.

For further information contact Phil Warner or Nikki Bourke, Major Projects, on 6626 7000. 
Email: nikki.bourke@byron.nsw.gov.au.