17.1 C
Byron Shire
September 30, 2022

$20m ‘sustainable’ Lismore development proposed

Latest News

On Save the Koala Day conservationists all agree they disagree with the Minister for Environment

Ahead of today’s Save the Koala Day, NSW Minister for Environment James Griffin yesterday announced that private landholders are being supported to restore 200 hectares of koala habitat in the Northern Rivers.

Other News

Iron Gates developer launches appeal against DA refusal at Evans Head

It is a saga that has been going on for over 30 years and that some hoped might finally have come to an end. But that is not to be the case with an appeal against the refusal of the Iron Gates development application (DA) at Evans Head now having been submitted.

What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Party with a conscience

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink – the party with a conscience, is on this weekend at the Billi Pub. DJs...

NSW says ‘No’ to decriminalising drugs but pivots towards a health-based response

After waiting almost three years to respond to the recommendations of the NSW Ice Inquiry NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet, has rejected the recommendation to decriminalise use of illicit drugs. 

Acid sulfate soil run off impacting health of fish and Tweed River

Acid sulfate soil (ASS)-related runoff from floodplain drains is affecting water quality and the health of fish in the Tweed River and Tweed Shire Council (TSC) are seeking to assist landholders with improving water quality projects. 

Mystery of the gospel

The word gospel means ‘good news’, and I wondered why with so many people seemingly doomed forever. Can you...

Artist's impression of the the type of apartment buildings proposed for the Altitude 2480 development. (supplied)
Artist’s impression of the the type of apartment buildings proposed for the Altitude 2480 development. (photo supplied)

By Darren Coyne

A proposed $20-million development will deliver 222 apartments for workers, according to an application lodged last week with the Lismore City Council.

The Altitude 2480 development would occupy 32 acres and comprise 60 buildings, made from natural materials and all fitted out with the latest solar and storm-water recycling technologies.

Green Visions development manager Scott Wharton told Echonetdaily that the development aimed to be one of the ‘biggest and [most] affordable sustainable developments anywhere in Australia, especially the east coast’.

Mr Wharton said the community would be constructed on land adjoining Fisher Street and Casuarina Drive in Goonellabah.

He said it would be developed over four stages, with the first stage to commence after approval of the development application (DA) by Lismore City Council.

Planning started 18 months ago following the release of the Lismore Housing Strategy 2012, which identified a need for affordable one and two bedroom apartments in the region.

‘The region currently has a one per cent rental vacancy rate, so there is a real need for new affordable living spaces, particularly for people working in key service industries on a low to moderate income,’ he said.

‘Our apartments will start from $240,000, which offers an exciting opportunity for investors and owner-occupiers alike.’

A key feature of the proposal is that the vast majority of the development would be constructed off-site in industrial sheds in Lismore, creating about 100 jobs.

There would be minimal disturbance to the site due to construction methods which don’t require a concrete slab, and a stormwater management system would supply all toilets, washers, common areas and landscaping.

Mr Wharton said the north-facing site was well positioned to take advantage of the sun, with a solar field proposed to supply all electricity to the development.

Other features include vegetable gardens, outdoor barbecue facilities, a 20m lap pool, playground, walking and bike trails, and a men’s shed and/or community meeting place for residents.

‘Our ultimate vision is to create a living space with a strong sense of community and environmental awareness,’ he said.

Mr Wharton said the DA was lodged last week following a series of pre-lodgement meetings with council staff.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. “Too posh to push” for housing in Bangalow, a millimetre in footprint compared with this effort for Lismore workers

  2. This is the sort of thinking required if we are going create sustainable urban communities.

    I would like to take it even further with the development of a low impact zero carbon urban development that creates a vibrant, resilient, healthy and sustainable urban community.

    Lismore should get behind Attitude 2480 development a the first step creating the change in the way we develop of towns and cities.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Firearm and drug offence charges laid after Coraki vehicle stop

NSW Police say a man has been charged after a firearm and prohibited drugs were seized during a vehicle stop yesterday.

Chemicals left by first stars in the universe may have been detected by the Gemini North telescope

The chemical remains of the earliest stars in the universe may have been discovered by astronomers.

New digs for flood adaptation project

Mullum Cares has a new home in the Railway Shed Yard, on the corner of Prince and Ann Streets in Mullum.

Police suspect dies at Clothiers Creek

NSW Police say a critical incident investigation has commenced following the death of a man at Clothiers Creek yesterday.