Social impact hub – Byron Bay

Expression of Interest

Community Advisory Group

Social Futures is seeking expressions of interest from representatives of local organisations and community members to form a Community Advisory Group that will provide practical advice, community insight and linkages to the community.

Be part of the vision for a dedicated community space with a shared goal of supporting the Byron community to thrive.

About us:

Social Futures is a community service organisation based in Northern NSW with more than 45 years’ experience as a regional leader, advocating with the regional and remote communities we work in; working in partnership with others; and providing services that promote inclusion, fairness, and social justice.

Social Futures currently delivers 12 programs and services in the Byron Shire including programs addressing housing and homelessness, disability, employment, health, and wellbeing.

Our housing service, Connecting Home, is located in Byron Bay. 


Byron Hospital Site Redevelopment:

Social Futures has been appointed by Byron Shire Council to manage a social impact community-based and for-purpose centre on the former Byron Hospital site. This project is the result of significant community action that led to NSW Health selling the site to the Council in 2019 to be used as a dedicated community space, bringing together community service providers, for-purpose organisations and businesses with a shared goal of supporting the Byron community to thrive. 

The Council is in the process of completing a development application, planning, construction and site redevelopment work. 

Social Futures’ role is to:

  • Secure and manage the site tenancies and operations to provide a mix of for-purpose, tertiary education, the arts/creative industries, health and wellbeing, and community services on the site
  • Ensure a mixed tenancy model that is financially viable, able to meet operation and maintenance costs, site improvement requirements and creates a community return into the future.
  • Maximise the income generated and oversee the distribution of any profits generated from the site management to Byron community groups and/or projects to expand their impact through provision of funding.

What is the role of the Community Advisory Group?

Social Futures is seeking expressions of interest from representatives of local organisations and community members to form an Advisory Group that will provide practical advice, community insight and linkages to community to:

  • deliver on a shared community vision for the site
  • identify and make recommendations on permanent/long term tenancy applications and mix based on community needs, service gaps and opportunities
  • make recommendations on site fit out, landscaping and operations requirements
  • provide guidance on the mechanism to distribute income and profits generated from the facility to local community groups and/or projects (e.g. funding to expand impact, small grants program, local community development collaborative projects).

The Advisory Group will meet quarterly for 2 hours starting in November 2021 until the site is operational, which is estimated to be August 2023.

Advisory Group meetings will be conducted via face to face meetings and online Zoom meetings. 

Social Futures has committed to a longer term Community Advisory Group to oversee and guide the distribution of profits back into community services and activities, and will assess if the membership and function of this group will meet this purpose in the longer term three months prior to site operations commencing. 

The Terms of Reference outline the purpose and responsibility of the Community Advisory Group. They can be viewed by clicking here.


The Expression of Interest closed on the 11 October.

The panel is assessing applications and will contact all applicants by 22 October.


Further Information 

Sam Henderson

Senior Manager – Business and Social Strategy

Phone:  0439 652 638 Email: [email protected]


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