Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith today called on the NSW government to halt the sale of one of the few open community spaces left in Suffolk Park, Byron Bay.
“Property NSW is selling land at 60 Beech Drive with little or no notice to the wider community that uses the land. Currently Byron Shire Council has soccer fields, cricket nets, park shelters, a shared cycleway, and children’s playground at the site, and all of these amenities risk being lost if this land is sold,” said Tamara Smith.
“I am writing to the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, and the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli to put a halt to the sale by private treaty until Byron Shire Council can have the opportunity to get the land valued and make an offer in order to retain the land in community ownership,” said Ms Smith.
The Suffolk Park community have expressed interest in further developing the space for more community facilities such as a mini-sports field.
The property is listed for auction at 12 noon Tuesday 29 November 2016.
“To have this taken away would be a real blow to the community and not in the best interests of the public, I call on the Minister to put a halt to the sale process,” said Ms Smith.
The property can be seen for sale at this link: