Bangalow food precinct proposal waits on RMS

Image from the Lismore Road food factory precinct DA.

Image from the Lismore Road food factory precinct DA.


Byron Shire Council staff say they are still waiting on feedback from the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) over traffic issues for the proposed Bangalow food precinct.

Chase Developments has a DA before council which will eventually be decided upon by the state government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) owing to its being worth over $20m.

Located opposite the Bangalow Industrial Estate on Lismore Road, the proposal would see three 5,000 square metre buildings on a 26.6 hectare property which could be ‘doubled in size to 10,000 square metres in later stages.’

Also included is a 3,000 square metre rural industry building, three rural industry buildings of 800 square metres plus a 1,000 square metre ‘food excellence facility.’

Within a building would be a ‘restaurant/cafe takeaway food shop,’ which would primarily cater ‘for onsite employees and limited public visitor use.’

While proponent Chase Developments claims the proposal is ‘driven by the legitimate and immediate demand’ for large-scale food processing factories, many locals are not so impressed.

Resident Sue Franklin told The Echo it would be the largest industrial development ever for Byron Shire.   

Traffic has been a major concern owing to the high level of truck movements ­expected through Bangalow.

Director of sustainable environment and economy Shannon Burt told The Echo, ‘Once we have finalised our assessment of the application, including the traffic issues, it will be sent to the JRPP.

JRRP decision

‘The JRRP will then advise people who have a submission of when the meeting will occur. The application will be determined by the JRPP.

UPDATE This story has been updated regarding a comment about the size of the development.

7 responses to “Bangalow food precinct proposal waits on RMS”

  1. bill says:

    surely this is some kind of sick joke. this is out of character for the shire let alone being placed so close to one of the gems of the region

  2. Roland Dickson says:

    I support local business but quite frankly this development is not what is needed in or around Bangalow. It seems as though there is more heavy traffic utilising Byron Street since the new highway anyway so the last thing this little town needs is more traffic.

    This is only one of the many concerns that this development throws up including waste treatment close to a creek, water runoff from the huge roof area and concrete roads and parking areas. As well there is the visual impact along the entrance to Bangalow which is out of character for a rural village and also the waste of valuable agricultural land.

  3. Mellissa Madden says:

    We can say No,

    We need to keep our farming land for farming, rezoning of this site sets a dangerous precedent for agricultural districts.

    Add your voice and say no to this industrial ghetto on a petition at search “Bangalow”.

  4. Robyn says:

    Ok. A job for someone who wants one and a local place close to farm to sell the produce.

  5. JustAWorkingStiff says:

    You want more services, more facilities, more jobs…

    Oops… sorry, I forgot the ones complaining are loaded recent blowins who don’t care for anything but their $5M views…

    Only the wealthy are permitted near Bangalow.

  6. Jenny Bannister says:

    Who WANTS processed food ?
    We want fresh food from the grower at their Market stall thanks

  7. Melba says:

    Biggest Factories in the Northern Rivers.
    A good size comparison is Ballina Fair.
    I just checked with them and they have a Total Retail Area of 16069 square metres.
    This Factory / Retail / Whatever area is 36,400 square metres.
    On zoned Prime Agricultural Land in front of Byron Creek on the fringe of Byron Hinterlands most popular lifestyle and tourist village.
    With all the factory highway trucks and traffic going through the village.
    JRPP or not the ” Greenest Council In Australia ” will be negligent if they dont protect Bangalow from this monstrosity.

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