Michele Grant, Bruns Community Care Council Inc
Lot 22 Mullumbimby 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 Carsburg 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 and 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, Transport for NSW is more interested in promoting commercial development along rail lines, but the need for affordable housing far outweighs the need for additional commercial space in Mullumbimby.
We encourage cluster housing, 10–15 homes in each community, targeting different cohorts or needs (from students/youth, families, retirees, special needs, to 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.