DA and councillor missing in action

Leko De Almeida, Mullumbimby.

On Thursday 22 November I attended the ordinary meeting at Council Chamber regarding DA 296.1/2018 from the Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) for building three new sheds and getting approval for an illegal shed recently built.

Surprisingly (not) the Councillor who runs the Community Gardens was absent from the meeting and the project’s designer couldn’t explain why the site was filled without consent.

Opposers questioned the need for a third Men’s Shed in Mullum of such grand scale. The definition is outside the MCG requirements. The proposed development hasn’t satisfied the provision on earthworks or flood planning under Byron LEP 2014 and is not in the public interest.

But most importantly: How can a Councillor who runs the MCG possibly ignore all the rules, breach the lease and build on community land without consent?

Council officers have assessed the application and recommended refusal. As an average mortal ratepayer if I build anything in my property without Council consent its guaranteed that a severe penalty will be applied.

Are Councillors and staff prepared to set this example to the community? That is, build whatever you like, then get approval later when it’s convenient. We’ll see.


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