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A ‘small daytime cafe’ restaurant at a cost estimated at $1.4m is proposed adjacent to Scarrabelottis Lookout, a popular visitor destination with commanding views of the Shire in Coorabell.

A reader alerted The Echo to the DA, and said the plans would ‘effectively turn public land… at Scarrabelottis Lookout into a carpark and the only access driveway for the restaurant’.

‘This land is zoned rural and the developer is seeking setback exemptions to fit on to steep land’, they added.

The lookout is so popular that Council staff have placed rocks to limit the parking in recent months. Camping at the location has been an ongoing issue, with rubbish and faeces a problem.

The DA comes with a voluntary planning agreement (VPA) with the applicant to use the public road as access to the restaurant. The VPA proposal includes construction of a widened sealed driveway on the road reserve and formalised car parking for nine spaces. ‘Of these, seven will be attributable to the proposed restaurant’.

Subs close April 17

Public exhibition for the 40-seat restaurant (DA 10.2019.103.1) closes April 17 and submissions can be made in writing: PO Box 219, Mullumbimby NSW 2482 or email [email protected]

The DA proposes 17 carparking spaces (and five restaurant employees), and opening hours would be Wednesday to Friday from 10.30am till 2.30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7.30am till 2.30pm.

Responses from neighbours are included within the DA. One claiming to be one of the closest says, ‘As much as we’d love to play chess and have coffee and brekky nearby, I would like to point out a few possible negative aspects of this development that you or Council may not have considered’.

They cited an increase of garbage, a lack of night-time security as the cafe is proposed to be open during the day, and illegal camping, which the neighbour argued would increase with a wider road and more car spaces.

‘If all these issues did not exist, it could be neat having a small cafe nearby with such a nice view’.

The social-impact statement says the proponent plans to build dwellings on the land with access near James View Court. ‘This will help with the management and surveillance of the public spaces’, it reads.

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  1. I direct all readers to the comments made on the article in last weeks online Echo. There is overwhelming public dissent an opposition to this D.A. Everywhere I go – Bangalow, Mullum, various markets – I hear conversations on the topic amongst distressed,angry and overwhelmed locals and even some regular visitors. No one seems to understand the logic behind it. Everyone can see that the D.A is proposing a minimum of 9 extra car spots which will not be behind a gate, plus improved landscaping and access. This will exponentially increase overnight stays. Everyone can see the traffic situation will turn into a fatal catastrophe. Everyone can see the proposed cost ($1.4 million) is more than most homes. Everyone can see that, whatever issues exist at the site can be quickly and cleanly resolved in simple and budget ways. And it’s clear the ‘cafe’ is likely to escalate into a full blown restaurant. Oh, and it’s also public land. The construction will impose upon through traffic and potentially cause accidents. The list goes on. I can on everyone with love for the Byron Shire to direct their written applications opposing this D.A immediately . The deadline is 17 April, don’t miss out and regret not making your contribution felt and heard.

  2. For goodness sake before we look at any more developments let’s get a grip on allocating resourcing to safeguard the reasons people are visiting Byron which was nature and the uniqueness of community and the alternative practices.
    We have a illegal camping, signage needed on beaches and in nature for puplic risk and environmental protection.
    Is it not evident that our infrastructure is literally falling apart.
    We will become just another place with restaurants, shopping centres and ocean.
    Couldn’t this spot just be a lookout that is closed at night and a place which is inhabitated by interpretive signage that shares stories of why this area is so significant and the connection to Country.
    This is actually what “real tourists “ those that want to eat local, experience our place kayaking ocean and visiting pristine nature places appreciate.
    Why is something like this even able to take Council!s time? We have roads that are nothing short of dangerous throughout the Shire that Council doesn’t do anything about.
    Last week Council apologises for disruption traffic as a vine was moved off the Sculpture at the Roundabout. What is concerning is that someone within Council thought it was a priority about safety issues to assign a works crew to remove it in the first place.
    Byron Council cannit afford the time to review these applications and why should a developer share a road reserve when we have kilometres of road that need attention.

  3. The turn off onto Coorabell Rd is already very dangerous.
    How will this danger be mitigated by a wider road car parking and a building??

  4. Who thinks up this stuff? One imagines and hopes people have more creative and useful, intelligent propositions to put forth for the community, and better uses of their time overall. The rest of us have to use our private resources to clean up the mess. I propse everyone invoice the owners of this D.A for the time spent opposing it. Make a record of all your expenses, just like one would running small buisness. One of the 10 legal maxims in Commerce: ‘ A workman is worthy of his hire’ There’s another my memory neglects in the inverse relating to slavery. Invoice the owners of irresponsible D.A’s we have to spend time opposing!!!


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