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‘Lot 22’ theft

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Many residents in Mullumbimby have heard about ‘Lot 22’ but understand little about where it is or what all the talk is about. Everyone knows about West Byron but why do so few know about Lot 22? It’s because Council has never once described it as Mullumbimby Sportsfields or the Rec Ground at the end of Stuart Street.

Lot 22 adjoins the skatepark, tennis courts, netball courts, playing fields and athletics field used by the community and the Mullumbimby High School.

Lot 22 was bought from a local farmer some years ago for sport and recreation because it wasn’t suitable for residential housing owing to a number of constraints including major flooding.

Council have now decided this land is excess to the community’s needs and perfect for housing so are planning to get the land rezoned from Recreation to Residential so they can create a 200+ lot subdivision, with each lot being 200m2 for a manufactured-home estate.

Many believe this should be kept as community land so as the Shire grows in population, we would have this asset that could be turned into a fantastic open space and sporting precinct (hockey, BMX track, soccer, footy, netball etc) with parks, wetlands and wildlife.

Why are our ‘Greens’ Council more than happy to develop our sportsfields however, openly they oppose any other landholders who may wish to develop their land?

Byron Shire has a lot of land so is it really necessary to steal Lot 22 out from under this community?

A public hearing about the rezoning is scheduled for Wednesday 6 February, 5:30pm at the Council Chambers, 70–90 Station Street Mullumbimby.

To speak at the public hearing register on Council’s Website (https://www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/lot-22-mullumbimby-future-housing-proposal) or by contacting Steve Daniels on 02 6626 7315 before 4pm Wednesday 30 January 2019.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing you can email your submission to [email protected]

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  1. Re: Rezoning Lot 22 – alternate housing sites available

    Lot 22 was earmarked for sport and recreation and must be retained for future use. A far more appropriate location for an affordable Over 55 mobile home estate is on railway land along Prince St (particularly the block next to Carlsberg Motors, opposite Woolworths and down past the Station Platform/kids playground). The land is open and cleared along the rail buffer zone, with easy access to power, water & sewer connections, close to town and services, reducing the need for cars. This side of the track is within the residential zoning and is inappropriate for commercial development.
    Unfortunately, NSW Transport is more interested in promoting commercial development along rail lines, but the need for affordable housing far out-weights the need for additional commercial space in Mullumbimby. d
    We encourage cluster housing, 10-15 homes in each community, targeting different cohorts or needs, (from students/youth, families, retirees, special needs, gardeners, musicians, dog people etc.) to optimise affordability and sociability for tenants and minimise impacts on neighbourhoods. Several small projects can be set up at the same time, operating under existing mobile park regulations and overseen by community housing so they will remain as affordable rental properties.
    Let’s start by looking after our older residents and use the rail buffer zone to promote the amazing array of “mobile” dwellings available within an affordable price range in our Shire.


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