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Mega food park a monstrous intrusion on Bangalow

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This may well be Mr da Fina’s opinion but it is not that of our members. We are much more worried about Bangalow’s future, our concerns strongly backed by a recent broad-reaching survey of residents and visitors who want to see Bangalow’s rural Heritage village character retained and enhanced, not compromised by another industrial park on its outskirts, twice the size of the current one.

Survey respondents were quite clear in wanting Bangalow to keep its rural nature and surrounds and this development proposes more than just a food processing plant on rural land. Reading it one soon becomes aware that what is envisaged is a very large manufacturing precinct with shops, market and restaurant and provision for 477 + 29 car parks, i.e. a large tourist attraction close to our entry from the Lismore Rd with a huge increase of traffic including large trucks – B-doubles?

Traffic is already an enormous problem in Bangalow, particularly along Granuaille Road where, we are told by one large food producer, he intends to send all his trucks.

Another strong concern expressed by people living in the area was pollution of the creek on which they depend, pollution from sewage and run-off. I don’t think noise was raised but, on re-reading the DA, I think it should have been because it would certainly be a very noisy site with many busy machines, all in a peaceful, rural area on what has been a sound, working farm. In this day and age, should we be covering prime rural land with huge sheds?

If this DA goes ahead it will be at the expense of Bangalow as we know it. It is not too late to send in submissions to Council : DA 10.2016.283.1, Attention Planning. The assessment and determination will be by a Joint Regional Planning Panel but all submissions count.

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  1. What better way to get the Northern Rivers train back on the line than to support these types of businesses along the corridor. The freight train can drop off or pick up the shipping containers at the siding along Dudgeons Lane (about 200 metres away). This will cut down trucks on Bangalow Rd. The many workers required for both these new businesses and existing businesses in Bangalow will be able to catch the 24/7 trains . Come on Bangalow Progress Association you could be the best prospect of getting trucks off the road and onto the railway with 24/7 freight trains connecting to the Sydney / Brisbane line.

    TOOTs and NRRAG ( Northern Rivers Railway Action Group) should be good allies for this type of development as it gives them ammunition to get the trains back on tracks. I would suggest the developers should get TOOTs and NRRAG to put in submissions to support their DA. Increase in population and increase in commercial development would then increase revenue for NSW Trains increasing the likely hood of it being reinstated .
    Of course a rail trail will not be suitable to deliver produce or workers to this development or to Bangalow in general.
    Conclusion- Bring on development to get the train back on the track.
    P.S I still have not seen any website or Facebook page for the Bangalow Progress Association , is it progressive or regressive ?

  2. A northern Bangalow bypass would alleviate a lot of the traffic problems for Bangalow that this would bring.
    Maybe council could get the developers/businesses to contribute money for a bypass?

  3. I have not seen a PROGRESS association in this area since the late eighties do anything but be the perfect
    NIMBY’s. “I can move here and build on subdivided land but be buggered if I will let you”.
    Lets let Byron Shire become a true HUB for Food, Culture and many other Industries, than let the self minded Nimby’s cry poor all the time.
    My wife’s third generation and my children fourth generation, I am far from a Redneck or Nimby, I came in when
    Byron Bay was a sleepy town and Bangalow still had the Pacific H’way running thru it’s main street 24/7.

  4. Bangalow is far from a rural town anymore, it has become a homewears , gift shopping with a bit a very very pricey food thrown in , as the bangalow commerce group stated a few years its not about locals its about tourists from the Gold coast and elsewhere

    Most local people i have talked in the greater area avoid Bangalow as its lost its rural town feel …

    In regards to the creeks and rivers water quality being affect are you serious. , try getting livestock out of them. You might get some improvement in the ” water quality” but this issue is not banglows alone its a problem all over the country,…the so called progress association seems to be say no association

  5. Very good article Jenny.

    For anyone to compare this huge industrial site to a house block subdivision blows my mind!!

    A few of the other comments make some valid points, tourism be it from the Gold Coast, elsewhere in Australia or from our international visitors has a vital role to play in Bangalows future development. Do we really want to put this at risk by driving hundreds of Semi’s through the centre of beautiful Bangalow?

    This development would be much better suited closer to the highway, away from one of the jewels in the crown of the Northern Rivers.


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