22.5 C
Byron Shire
March 1, 2021

Kollective madness

Latest News

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Other News

Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

Local filmmaker helps tell the story of Edmund Hillary’s last adventure, in the film, Ocean to Sky

Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

A safe space for sexual assault survivors

In a perfect world, the trauma Margot and Joana experienced would not have happened, and there would be no need for the very important support group they have created.

Dave Carnovale, Brunswick Heads

I write to inform you of significant community opposition to ‘The Corso’, a development proposal by The Kollective in Bayside Brunswick Heads. It is way over-the-top in scale and density for the area and should be strongly opposed.

The developer, known as The Kollective, implies that 48 boarding house units will be ‘affordable housing’, but their previous form is to build under this pretext and then let the market decide the rate. This results in micro dwellings being leased out at $413 to $625 per week. This does not appear to be ‘affordable housing’, rather an exploitation of the current guidelines, for commercial gain. Certainly a cafe was an expected development, but ‘six shops with shop-top dwellings’ will be unviable – there is no passing trade in the area and aren’t we in the midst of an economic downturn? As for the proposed ‘grocer’, the community already has one in the area with The Village Greens, at the top of Bayside Way.

The on-site parking is woefully inadequate at ‘0.5 car parks’ per dwelling as allowed under the current SEPP policy. If past developments by The Kollective are any guide, the roads around the development would become hopelessly choked with parked cars, not just from residents, but also from other parts of the complex, like the proposed cafe and retail spaces. I calculated there would be an additional 250 vehicular movements per day in the area. The site is within a designated bushfire prone area, surrounded by bushland.

I note that the NSW Government Planning Guidelines state: In February 2019 the ARHSEPP was amended so boarding houses are limited to 12 boarding rooms per site within the R2 Low Density Residential zone, to better reflect the scale and built form of the surrounding area. The changes will help manage impacts on neighbouring properties such as overlooking, overshadowing and car parking.’

The land is currently zoned B1 ‘Neighbourhood Centre’ but it sits within an R2 Low Density zone. The excerpt above shows that congestion is already a known issue for this type of development. It would permanently ruin the amenity of this small suburban enclave.

Previous articleSocial housing needs
Next articleFairytale line

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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing...