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How elitist are our precious Bangalow anti-development campaigners?

Firstly, to set the record straight in regard to Tom Tabart’s comments: if that land is zoned or is capable of being zoned as industrial, then the current owners are entitled to obtain the best price. That price is most unlikely to be obtained from the Antoinette Ensbys of the world indulging themselves in reforestation, splitting the land into small parcels to grow food for local markets, community gardens and a recreational park.

Secondly, the original proposal made no mention of the slaughtering of animals onsite, so it will not be an abattoir.

Thirdly, the comments by Adrian Kennedy of Bangalow about ‘lower quality jobs’ really does underline the snooty attitude of many in this shire to the value of work. This region may have high levels of creative industry (in the main economically unviable), economic plasticity (whatever that means but not so easily shaped or moulded it seems) and above-average levels of education (soft university degrees with no employment potential, anyone?) but the fact is that too many people in this shire are happy to lean on the rest of society and take unemployment benefits.

So how about you people come out of your false world, participate in private enterprise and discover the benefits of honest toil and working for a living?

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  1. Not sure what rock Colin Clarke has been residing beneath but his faith in the planning legislation of this state is touching.
    On the other hand I have been witness to a constant procession of trucks being driven through zoning legislation by our ever resourceful developer friends, many of them elected councillors or their good friends, (see Auburn just for starters).
    If there is one thing that is certain this Bangalow factory conglomeration is not being pushed to create jobs for the locals or for the greater good of the shire.


  2. How ill informed is Colin Clarke? I’ve lived in Bangalow for more than 20 years. I know a lot of people here; electricians, carpenters, plumbers, nurses, chefs/hospitality workers, police officers, teachers, farm workers etc., none that I would consider precious or elite. I don’t think not wanting approximately 38,000 sq metres (under roof) of factory on our doorstep qualifies the people of Bangalow as elite. Perhaps Colin would prefer the Mega Factory built at Ocean Shores?
    Colin, in two separate letters (to the Echo), quite rightly states the owner(s) has every right to sell at the best price. No argument there. However, as far as I know, the property is NOT for sale, but is subject to a $23.5 million DA. 38,000 sq metres that include 3 separate buildings of approx 10,000 sqm, (Bunnings in Ballina is about 10,000 sqm), parking for 500 vehicles, and 3 floors of office space. Are you starting to get the picture Colin? The Rural Industrial Zoning is inclusive of livestock processing (Abattoir) When livestock are processed, they generally become dead stock. Low quality jobs Colin? Well what sort of jobs do you think a production line offers? These jobs will most likely be replaced by automation in the future.
    So how about fully informing yourself before passing judgement on people merely trying to protect their Village from inappropriate, over the top development.


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