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December 2, 2021

Bangalow food hub or housing estate?

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For many years I have wondered why Australian business’s have not reinvested their money in this country where they made it? Why go off shore and pay no tax to, or employ Australian workers? 

Now we have a company who has employed local workers for over 30 years who needs to make their company larger in our area to employ more locals. We hear so many reasons why Brook Farm should not be built opposite the industrial estate in Bangalow, so much Agricultural land has been lost in the area to housing estates, making extra traffic. This area of land will not be used for farming again, so how much more traffic will arrive with another housing estate of 100 homes? And where are the jobs? 

I lived in Bangalow for  24 years.

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  1. With all due respect, the fact you “lived” in Bangalow for 24 years does not buy you credibility in this argument. Byron Shire’s unemployment rate has dropped from just under 12% to 5.6% over the last 5 years. Further, the number of employed residents is at its highest level in history. Brookfarm and Salumi currently employ 84 people (probably half that on a full time equivalent basis) of the 14,996 employed in Byron Shire (0.5%). Firstly, by any measure, these businesses are not regionally significant employers. Secondly, what jobs do you expect to be there in the long run? The food processing industry is at the forefront of AI and automation.

    Finally, historical decisions about rezoning RU2 zoned land in Bangalow to R2 residential zoning are not relevant in the context of this debate. This development is about the industrialisation of state significant RU1 zoned land. Describing it as merely “farmland” shows a lack of understanding of our planning system which was established to prevent inappropriate developments like 201 Lismore Road.


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