1 Broken Head Road redevelopment project

  • Future use of site now on hold (from December 2019)
  • Remediation works continue on site and are scheduled for completion by end of 2020.

In March 2018, Council sought Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced companies/consortia (proponents) to partner in the master-planning and redevelopment of the former South Byron Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at 1 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, via a long-term (25 year) ground lease.

The EoI process was the first step towards a new approach for Council to assist in the retention of key, strategically-important sites like 1 Broken Head Road as an asset for the long-term benefit of the Byron Shire community.  It was followed by a selective Request for Tender (RFT) process which commenced in March 2019 and ran for six weeks.

Council's vision for the project was to explore proposals and ideas for future land uses for the site that would deliver the widest range of benefits possible back to the community.  Some of the future uses envisaged included 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.

At a Council meeting in August 2019, Council resolved to defer a decision about this master-planning and redevelopment project, requesting a Councillor workshop to consider the assessment of the RFT applications.

At a Council meeting in December 2019, the 1 Broken Head Road redevelopment project was placed on pause after Council resolved to decline all of the tenders submitted in response to the RFT process.

The project will stay on hold while intensive remediation of the site continues. These works are expected to be finalised by late 2020.

Council's intention is to consider the future use of this site after remediation works are completed.

Remediation works - background

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.

In March 2019, Council commenced a year-long remediation project at this site.  Remediation works include excavating and capping soils and contaminated material in a consolidated buffer zone (or berm) and planting a nature corridor on the site to make it safe for potential future redevelopment and use.

The remediation project is expected to be finished by late 2020.

1 Broken Head Road - site map

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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.

 Site map of Broken Head Rd STP

If you’d like to join our mailing list to receive updates about this project, email: majorprojects@byron.nsw.gov.au.

 

 

The remediation is being undertaken in accordance with the NSW Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 and while Council expected to have all work completed by the end of 2019, this has now been extended to the end of 2020 due to widening of the scope of remediation required.

Remediation works include excavating and capping soils and contaminated material in a consolidated buffer zone (or berm) and planting a nature corridor on the site to make it safe for potential future redevelopment and use.

 

The remediation project will assess the contamination status of the two sewage treatment ponds at the eastern end of the site. This assessment will take place in early 2020 and the community will be kept informed and consulted about the findings. 

The treatment ponds are valued by the community as bird habitat. The fencing will remain in place as the effluent ponds are not safe for swimming. 

 

The current public access paths used by the local community to access the beach and take their dogs for a walk will not be affected by the remediation works.

One of Council's key requirements is for the public access ways connecting the community to the beach from Broken Head Road to be retained.  The provision of public open space for community and environmental benefit is also required as a key element of all proposals about the future use of this site.