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February 28, 2021

Mullum’s heritage in danger

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If the draft LEP had statutory force the 27–29 Station Street proponents might have been required to submit a heritage impact statement. Such a statement, prepared by a dispassionate and qualified heritage consultant, would inevitably reject the current proposal. Adding insult to injury, Council’s report included the worrisome line: ‘The heritage character/style of the proposed development is considered acceptable’. Pardon?

We now have a situation where there is no certainty the heritage character of Mullumbimby can be protected. Council’s internal development assessment panel does not seem to be effective. And its officers appear incapable of judging development proposals against the Specific Objectives of the DCP’s Chapter 11 (Mullumbimby) or the even its more detailed provisions.

Please, councillors, demand design excellence and start demonstrating you care about Mullumbimby’s built heritage.

 


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