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North Lismore Plateau developer still waiting for ecology report

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The Lismore City Council is keen to progress the development of the North Lismore Plateau but one of the two other private development groups are slowing up the process.

In a report to the council to be considered at tomorrow’s meeting, staff point out that while the council has provided the water and sewerage infrastructure to service the development, its internal infrastructure must be developed with agreements with the other two developers.

And while the Winten Group has lodged a development application for 433 residential lots and agreed to the proposed voluntary planning instrument required for the development to proceed, The Plateau North Group (TPNG) has not lodged a DA, and has not agreed to the voluntary planning instrument.

In correspondence between the council’s solicitors and TPNG, the developers have been warned that the council will compulsory acquire easements for water and infrastructure if an agreement is not reached.

TPNG have responded saying they need more time to prepare their ecological report.

In the meantime, staff have recommended the voluntary planning instrument agreed to by the Winten group be placed on public exhibition to demonstrate a commitment to its previous resolutions regarding infrastructure provision for the NLP.

The council meets tomorrow evening from 6pm in the chambers in Goonellabah.



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  1. Council despite being repeatedly warned, have borrowed finance to develop infrastructure on behalf of
    the developers are now placing ratepayer finances in serious jeopardy.

    Firstly this development will never proceed as the ecological and cultural heritage values are to critical.

    Secondly the current development application is completely flawed by excluding proper assessments for the access road, endangered species and Aboriginal heritage

    and Thirdly the cohort within Council who have been pushing this development at all costs ignoring financial prudence and dis regard of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners and other members of the Community are now found wanting.

    It is time that Council come clean and cut the losses as best they can before we have to fork out more millions into the plug hole (mainly borrowed) for this development disaster.


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