1 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, is a 7.76 hectare Council-owned site that operated as the South Byron Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) from 1972 until it was decommissioned in 2005 (when the Byron Bay STP commenced operations). Prior to this, the site hosted "night cart" operations from 1909.
Council commenced a year-long remediation project at this site in March 2019. The remediation project is expected to be finished by the end of 2019 which will enable Council to continue exploring its proposal to retain the 7.76 hectare site as an asset for the community.
1 Broken Head Road - site map
Council resolutions for this project
In 2018, Council agreed to seek Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the masterplanning and redevelopment of the former South Byron Sewage Treatment Plan (STP) at 1 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay.
The EoI process invited suitably qualified and experienced companies/consortia (proponents) who would like to partner with Council in the redevelopment of this site via a 25 year ground lease (or as negotiated with the successful proponent).
The EoI process was held in March 2018 and Council shortlisted four preferred proponents to participate in a selective Request for Tender (RFT) process. The RFT process ran for six weeks from the beginning of March 2019.
At a Council Meeting in August 2019, Council resolved to defer a decision about this project, requesting a Councillor workshop to consider the assessment of applications.
Background on the EoI process
The Expression of Interest (EoI) process, conducted in early 2018, was the first step towards a new approach to assist Council in retaining key, strategically-important sites like 1 Broken Head Road as an asset for the long-term benefit of the Byron Shire community.
Importantly, the EoI also clearly set out retention of the public access way that extends along the northern boundary of the site providing pedestrian and cycle access between Suffolk Park. It is very clear that public access to the beach and connectivity to Suffolk Park will be maintained.
The EoI set out that while Council has no specified land use or development requirements for the site, the following land uses would be more likely to deliver the strategic objectives of the desired redevelopment: education; eco-residential studios (medium density); high-end tourism (resort style); low-key tourism (affordable camping); conferencing facilities; living and active community (affordable housing and childcare); aged care; and environmental/biodiversity/cultural areas.
About the site
The immediate surrounding locality includes the Arakwal National Park, located opposite the site to the north and east. Tallow Creek forms the eastern boundary. Tallow Beach is located on the eastern side of the coastal reserve and is accessed via a footbridge. The ‘Byron Holiday Park’ caravan park adjoins part of the western and southern boundary.
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