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Proposed Myocum Quarry landfill site. 40h of non-adjacent land is proposed to be sold. Photo Byron Shire Council
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Byron Shire Council is considering selling two pockets of rural land in Myocum and Mullumbimby, which are currently zoned community, and is calling a public hearing to consider the rezoning.

Council’s infrastructure services director, Phil Holloway, said the land was purchased during the development of the new Myocum landfill site and the Brunswick Valley Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) respectively.

Mr Holloway said the Myocum land had been zoned community by default, as a result of council not resolving to zone it for any other purpose within three months of purchasing it.

Of the two 40-hectare Dingo Lane properties adjoining the landfill site, only one is likely to be required by council in future.

‘At this stage it is proposed that council retains Lot 15 as it forms part of a buffer around the proposed new landfill site. Lot 16 could be sold at a future date with the funds going into council’s Infrastructure Renewal Fund and help support the funding requirement to develop the new landfill,’ Mr Holloway said.

The Vallances Road, Mullumbimby, land was purchased to enable the development and construction of the Brunswick Valley STP, which was opened in 2011, meaning the land is now surplus to requirement.

Any proceeds from the sale of the land would go to reduce the loans within council’s Sewer fund, Mr Holloway said.

The hearing will take place on Thursday 18 December from 4pm in the Byron Shire Council Chambers in Station Street, Mullumbimby.

‘Everyone is welcome to attend the public hearing, which will be overseen by an independent assessor, and submit their support or non-support of the proposals,’ Mr Holloway said.

‘Following the hearing, the outcomes and recommendation from the assessor will be sent to the NSW Department of Planning for determination,’ he added.

To register for the public hearing or to find out more, contact Council officer Greg Smith on 02 6626 7105.


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