17.1 C
Byron Shire
May 12, 2021

Eco Village proposal back on council agenda

Latest News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Other News

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Dam doesn’t give a damn about koalas

The proposed Dunoon Dam is still a possibility, though it has been voted against twice by the members of Rous County Council. Now information has emerged which presents another reason to shut down the threat of the dam once and for all.

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Area 17 on Saddle Road. While the plan to rezone the entire area was canned by council, it is now looking at other ways to allow an eco village to develop. Image supplied

An eco-village proposal near the Brunswick Heads highway interchange at Saddle Road is back on the table after councillors voted last Thursday to include it within the Rural Land Use Strategy.

The Brunswick Eco Village (BEV) proposal was initially pegged on land owned by Kelvin Daly, but later, plans were expanded to include surrounding lands and a commitment for 20 per cent affordable housing.

Yet the proposal appears to have landowners on the ridgeline divided, and Council eventually rejected the larger proposal.    

Last Thursday’s lastminute inclusion was headed by Cr Paul Spooner (Labor).

He told The Echo the resolution removed the BEV proposal from consideration within the draft Residential Strategy.

‘This was undertaken following advice from the Department of Planning that it would not be supported as it was not in an urban area.

‘To maintain it there would have effectively stopped it from being considered. A very poor outcome for our community.

‘The decision on Thursday proposes an amendment within the Rural Land Use Strategy to allow the land to be considered as an ‘intentional eco-community’ providing at least 80 per cent affordable housing.

‘This supports Council’s strategic planning. It allows the provision of affordable housing where there is none. It supports the intention of responding to the housing needs of residents and workers.

‘A very big win for our community.

‘What has been agreed to on Thursday opens up a clear planning pathway but does not ensure the proposal will succeed.

‘This will be determined when a planning proposal is submitted by the applicant and assessed by Council according to the Rural Land Use Strategy that requires it be amended and supported by the Department of Planning.’

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 am disgusted with the way this Council decides our future growth based on ad-hoc decisions and piecemeal developments. Since 2006 Council has been required to prepare a holistic Growth Management Strategy that identifies how we meet our growth targets with 5 and 10 year staging plans. The 2006 Far North Coast Regional Strategy established a target for Byron Shire of 2,600 dwellings until 2031, a growth rate of 104 dwellings per annum. Since then we have been growing at well beyond this rate, and the faster we grow the faster we are expected to grow, with our growth targets increased in 2011. Last year 404 new dwellings were approved, still well in excess of the revised targets. With West Byron, and the allowance of secondary dwellings throughout the shire in the name of affordable housing, we already have more than enough land zoned for development. Now Council is intent on imposing a new development upon us. It is well past time to prepare a Growth Management Strategy for the whole shire to give residents a say on our future growth.

    • Dailan,
      And for every dwelling there is a potential of two cars per dwelling.
      And what is near at the top of the list in complaints against Council, potholes in the roads and traffic jams.

  2. And Cr Spooner is setting up his own private “affordable housing” development business, his development Amendment wouldnt have anything to do with that , would it?

  3. All politics and private wealth issues aside,

    Why not PLAN a village in a sustainable location? If we must have population and economic growth than this is certainly a better location than the Byron Bay wetlands (West Byron Swamp).


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited the newcomers to...

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State School Swimming competitions. ‘They have all...

Interview with Bob Vegas

The glorious Bob Downe is back with a brand new show: Viva Bob Vegas! at the Brunswick Picture House. He gave Seven the Downe low…

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.