Byron Shire Council has set aside land for new affordable rental housing at Station Street Mullumbimby and has invited the community to attend the site on Monday, 2 February at 3.30pm.

Architects and planners are keen to involve the community in the design of the site and are interested in ways to incorporate the spirit, culture and values of Mullumbimby.

The Station Street project is in the early planning stages and will incorporate affordable housing and possibly other community or commercial usages. 

Plans for the site have not yet been prepared.

“The site is a resource for the whole community,” said Cr Tom Tabart, one of Byron Shire Council’s representatives on the Station Street Project Reference Group overseeing the development of possible designs for the site.

“Shelter is a basic need for everybody in the community and affordability in the area has slipped away. We want to make sure everyone can have a say about the future development of the site.”

The community is invited to the Station Street site on Monday, 2 February, from 3.30 to 5pm.

The council says this is an opportunity to share local knowledge about the past and present uses of the site, consider how to best integrate the site with the neighbourhood, and discuss options for the future use of the site for the important community need of affordable housing.

“Housing affordability is a serious problem in Byron Shire, with over 1300 low to moderate income renting households in ‘housing stress’ due to rental and purchase prices having increased 18% in the Shire compared to around 5% for NSW over the last five years,” the council said. 

“As a result, many low and moderate income workers and long-term residents can no longer afford to live near their jobs or stay in the community. The new development at Station Street is a first step by Council to address the problem.”

The event will include a free barbecue and activities for everyone to share their ideas and creativity with the architects and planners.

The event will be held on-site at the vacant land south of the council car park on Station Street, Mullumbimby, on Monday, 2 February from 3.30 to 5pm.

For more information contact Robyn Masters, Community Development and Projects Officer, Byron Shire Council, on 6685 9343.