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Byron West urgency motion fails but may return

Byron Shire Council headquarters at Mullumbimby
Byron Shire Council headquarters at Mullumbimby

An urgency motion calling on the state government to defer re-zoning of the 108 hectare West Byron Development was defeated at yesterdays meeting of Byron Shire Council.

Councillors instead voted that the motion, put by Mayor Simon Richardson, was not urgent and would not be considered.

The motion would have asked the state government to defer any decision regarding the land re-zone until a comprehensive traffic study is undertaken, a site-specific Acid Sulphate Soils Study has been produced, the Byron Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (KPoM) is completed, the Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) is completed and a baseline assessment of the Belongil creek/estuary is completed to more accurately measure future impacts.

Cr Richardson said he was particularly disappointed with the outcome.

"This is clearly a contentious development which warrants discussion," he said.

"We know the decision from the Department of Planning is imminent, and with a new state Planning minister, Prue Goward, taking over, we need to get fresh eyes over it."

Cr Richardson has instead lodged the notice as a standard motion for consideration on June 12 at the next meeting of council.

"What ever decision is made regarding the re-zone it needs to be made appropriately," he said.

"We don't want the community to have any doubts about the process."

Topics:  council, development


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