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Jo Campbell, Mullumbimby

Council set a precedent at last Thursday’s Council meeting for all future illegal development in the Shire by going against staff recommendations to refuse a development application (DA) on an illegal development on the Mullum Community Gardens.

This wasn’t about wanting or not wanting a Men’s Shed. All agree this is good for the community. This is about process and principle.

So in summary, great news everyone! Council has given the green light for Byron’s property owners to do whatever development they like on their properties without the need for a DA. Then, if you do get caught, you’ll just need to ‘beg for forgiveness’, then lodge a DA.

Everyone should be aware of this!

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