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Public meetings around the Shire are now underway to hear feedback and explain Council’s plans to manage weddings and events in rural areas.

The next will be at the A&I Hall Bangalow, November 26 from 5pm till 7pm. Federal will follow, with its meeting planned for November 27 at Jasper Hall from 5pm till 7pm.

A Skinners Shoot resident has told The Echo that she is concerned function venues would pop up in rural areas should this go ahead.

Kay Collins said, ‘The state government has now agreed for Council to proceed with developing an amendment to the LEP that will allow functions in rural areas.’

The Byron workshop was last Tuesday, she said, ‘with the vast majority of participants having a commercial interest in the industry. There were few rural residents. They will be the ones hugely adversely effected by this high-impact, inappropriate industry, which is totally incompatible with the objectives of the rural zone.’

Submission deadline is December 21.

‘It’s not a done deal. Your quality of life is at stake,’ she said.

The deadline for submissions is December 21 and can be made via email: [email protected].

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  1. What a joke these meetings are. With no extra revenue available from these ‘function centres’, to cover some of the cost of a whole new complex set of compliance challenges, I’d suggest it’s hugely optimistic to expect much ‘managing’ to happen at all. Glad I don’t live in one of these zones,

    There’s no extra revenue because these are rural rather than commercial zones, just like there is little return from most STHLs because they are in residential rather than commercial zones.

    I sympathise hugely with Kay Collins and agree it is important to keep being heard but I can totally understand the lack of attendance by objectors. After a consultation process that demonstrated overwhelming objection to the proposal, it sailed through Council with only our two brave independent Councillors taking any notice of the entirely reasonable objections of their constituents. ‘Why bother?’ was my initial reaction to my invitation.

    There is no logic to the actions of this Council. While they are bleating about their inability to cover infrastructure needs they are creating new avenues for those who service the tourist trade (eg STHLs) to cash in without having to make a commensurate contribution to its impact. Simultaneously they undermine the businesses that operate in appropriate zones and regulatory contexts.

    Who will foot the bill for the extra compliance cost of late night, weekend visits to offending ‘function centres’ and the extra wear and tear on rural roads? For the former – likely no-one much because I’d say ‘good luck’ with getting any response. For the latter – you and me!


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