22.6 C
Byron Shire
February 9, 2023

Skennars Head locals concerned over changes to LEP

Latest News

Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

Other News

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

One driver dead, second driver critical after head-on crash south of Murwillumbah

A woman has died, and a second woman remains in hospital after a two-car collision south of Murwillumbah on Monday.

Ballina hosts Far North Coast swimming carnival

The Ballina RSL Swimming Club combined with Grafton and hosted the Far North Coast Zone Carnival at the Ballina...

Flow Music presents: Byron Bay

The theatre will be transformed into a festival wonderland, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm, including body and face painting by donation, incredible dancers from Epic Creations, lighting by Tone from Crystal Grid and decor by Bare Foot Beat. 

Sydney’s hottest men in their brand-new show – live on stage at Mullum Ex-services

Welcome to the best hen’s night, bachelorette party or ultimate Girls’ night out. Get frocked up and come out for a girl’s night out, with strippers from London, Vegas, Rio, Barcelona, and Sydney. The current Sydney Hotshots show includes some of the sexiest men on stage.

Cartoon of the week – 8 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Proposed Skennars Head expansion. Photo supplied.

Skennars Head locals have raised concerns over zoning changes to the Local Area Plan (LEP) for more medium density and commercial zoning applied for by Intrapac Property in relation to the development of the Skennars Head Expansion Area opposite Sharpes Beach and adjacent to Skennars Head.

A development application (DA), that will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) is currently under consideration to ‘undertake the first stage of a residential subdivision comprising 227 residential lots, five public reserve lots, seven super lots for future subdivision, five utility lots and one residue lot.’

However, it is the changes to LEP that will potentially allow for the re-zoning of 2.9ha of the 28.29ha site from R2 low density housing to R3 medium density housing and the increase of the B1 Neighbourhood Commercial zone from 0.087ha to 1.32ha.

‘If the re-zoning of the neighbourhood commercial zone goes ahead it will increase the current size they have applied for by 15 times,’ said Skennars Head local Lee Middleton.

‘They have also asked for a rezoning of 29,000m sq development at a minimum 300m sq lots with no additional green or community space.’

However, Ballina Mayor David Wright told Echonetdaily that ‘The development has been around for a number of years. There have been some changes advertised and the submissions are coming in quite quickly. Any late submissions are considered if they are submitted before the report comes before Council.’

Ballina Shire Council’s acting manager for strategic planning, Klaus Kerzonger, also confirmed with Echonetdaily that the 10m height increase (from8.5m), originally requested by the developer was rejected by council.

‘The height limit extension is not being re-considered and is off the table,’ said Mr Kerzonger.

Find out more on LEP changes  and look up the development application number is 2017/244.

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. I maybe wrong but the traffic gridlock to this is the same as at West Byron. There is one major traffic interchange out and into the estate and more traffic is added as there is a road flowing in from a neighbouring estate, and at that interchange there is cross traffic to the car park to the beach. This is not the city of Sydney but Lennox Head. Surely there would have to be traffic lights at the entrance and to the carpark at the beach.
    What is needed is an on-ramp and off-ramp and that means bridges to get the traffic on and off the highway without interruption. A good design is not for now but the future in 10 years time, when the traffic has doubled as well as the population.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and the plant is legal in many countries across the world the police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

$945 or $45,500 – what is the value of a tree In Kingscliff? 

Dr Firth questions arborists' valuation of a paperbark tree to be removed for Kingscliff development and says the council needs to 'establish a reasonable standard of tree valuation'. 

Remembering the latest victim of domestic violence, killed by a man on bail

I granted bail to men who then killed. I refused bail to several who did not last 24 hours behind bars – shot, stabbed, hanged or drowned in their own vomit.

Bruns fig tree slated for the chop gets reprieve

A much-loved fig tree next to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour has been saved from destruction – for now – by the quick thinking of a local activist.