17.6 C
Byron Shire
March 24, 2023

Lismore Council takes action on illegal dwellings

Latest News

Political Cosplay for Fun and Profit

Costume play is not just for Trekkies and Disney fans. If you want to get anywhere in Australian politics, cosplay needs to become a vital part of your skillset.

Other News

Election 2023 – Clarence: George Keller 

George Keller is running for the seat of Clarence on behalf of the Sustainable Australia Party sees corruption and vested interests having more impact on MP's decisions than the genuine interests of the community.

Swimming champs Sydney bound for finals

Congratulations to Wilsons Creek Public School students Ruby, Eddie, Goldie and Ayla, who have made it to the state swimming finals, to be held in Sydney at the end of the term. 

Scientists call for urgent groundwater management

Groundwater provides almost one-third of the nation’s water and is worth more than $34 billion to the economy, but results from a recent major review have prompted scientists to call for urgent and better appraisal of groundwater and how we manage it.

Bangalow Theatre Company’s got Hair

Gimme a head with hair/ Long, beautiful hair/ Shining, gleaming/ Streaming, flaxen, waxen/ Give me down to there hair/ Shoulder length or longer/ Here, baby, there, mama/ Everywhere, daddy, daddy/ Hair – hair, hair, hair, hair, hair/ Grow it, show it/ Long as I can grow it/ My hair…

Famous plant-based market food

Victoria Cosford Arianne Schreiber has a confession. ‘I pretty much sleep with cookbooks’, she tells me – and I completely...

Full Moon natural wine festival!

Full Moon Festival by Luna Wine Store welcomes 30 of Australia’s most exciting winemakers and natural wine importers to...

Illegal dwellings in Nimbin. Photo supplied by Lismore City Council
Illegal dwellings in Nimbin. Photo supplied by Lismore City Council

Illegal dwellings and unlawful building works are in the spotlight after Lismore City Council won two cases in 2016 in the Land & Environment Court.

Two different properties were ordered to remove caravans and other structures following the cases. They were also required to pay councils costs, which in one case amounted to $13,000.

‘Inspections by council staff identified numerous health and safety issues on the premises including a lack of proper waste disposal facilities, dangerous electrical connections and structures that had not been built to appropriate standards including bushfire risks,’ said a Lismore council spokesperson regarding the property in Nimbin.

The second property, in Monaltrie, was ordered to remove caravans and building structures on flood prone land.

‘The outcome in these matters that council has been required to take to court is a clear warning that it can be expensive to undertake unlawful building work,’ council’s development and compliance manager Peter Jeuken said.

Caravans can be used as an addition to existing dwellings but they must have access to the services of the primary dwelling rather than acting as a stand-alone residence. Differing rules apply to caravans located in urban and rural settings and issues around waste disposal and electrical connections can be key in determining their legality.

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. About time that Byron Council takes LEC action against the hundreds of illegal dwellings in the shire. Particularly the ones that are illegally holiday let.

  2. The people in these dwellings are obviously desperate for affordable housing. This current crop of councilors appear to have a social conscience. So wouldn’t it be better to facilitate this kind of development rather than throwing the needy onto the street or some local park? There’s a hell of a lot of money and staff time being spent on arty farty art galleries for the elite but not on essential core services. Council would also be advised to do some soul searching around the money being spent on numbers of non productive staff being paid to “evaluate” customer satisfaction or “review” administrative practices or “monitor” staff performance. This type of expenditure cancer has infected many modern businesses and needs to be excised to release money for what Council’s real function is. Roads, bridges, garbage etc etc.

  3. It’s openly discussed that people on low incomes are unable or struggling to locate affordable accommodation. 1% of the population owns as much wealth as 70%. Isn’t it time that a limit was placed on income and wealth? Why not redistribute the property pool? Does LCC think that people want or like living in sub standard dwellings?

  4. Well, considering environmental impacts of “housing development” in such a unique area as the far north coast, maybe L.C.C. would develop a booklet to guide people (with the incentive to rough it in an environmental lifestyle, there is too much information on how to rough it) to live in a healthy sustainable area without contributing to any problems associated with “housing development” and encourage regard to efficient safe and healthy living standards. thus assisting in “correct health living standards”

  5. There definitely needs to be a much more humanitarian response to this issue. Rather than adding to people’s distress and disadvantage by fining them or evicting them perhaps there should be assistance available to bring dwellings up to basic standards. Forcing people into homelessness and destitution is surely not the solution. Looking to our Councillors to take a stand on this and work with staff on finding less threatening positive ways to deal with this issue.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Nationals and Labor didn’t sign Clarence anti-mining pledge

The Clarence Catchment Alliance (CCA) have been seeking the support of all candidates running for the seat of Clarence to physically or digitally sign...

Not a ‘bonanza for developers and land bankers’ as local councils lose planning controls?

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment were quick to respond to the article ‘A bonanza for developers and land bankers?’ published on 21 March 2023 on The Echo online ‘to correct the inaccuracies contained in your article’.

Janelle’s four year road to the 2023 vote

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Janelle Saffin's win in the seat of Lismore and with not a minute to celebrate, Saffin spoke to The Echo about the 2023 campaign.

Appeal to locate woman missing from Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman, Kara Symington, missing from Tweed Heads since Tuesday.