Byron Shire Council is managing the transformation of the former Byron Hospital and once complete will appoint not-for-profit Social Futures to manage a social impact community-based and for-purpose centre.
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:
Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said the new community advisory group had 11 members and included Arakwal Traditional Custodians, people from the business community, the creative arts and Byron’s multicultural community.
“We had advertised for eight members for the advisory group, but the calibre of applications was so outstanding that we ended up with 11,” he said.
“They are a wonderful and wise cross-section of the Byron Bay community. We know their advice will be invaluable in setting up a dynamic community hub with a mix of community services, health, the arts and education, and for-purpose companies.
“We look forward to working closely with our community advisory group.”
The Advisory Group will provide practical advice, community insight and linkages to community to:
The Advisory Group will meet quarterly until the site is operational, which is estimated to be August 2023.
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