Matthew O’Reilly, CABS president and Council candidate for the new Byron Greens
The over-development of cramped boarding-house accommodation in Sunrise and now Bayside, Brunswick Heads, should not just be a worry for our main towns of Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Suffolk Park, and Ocean Shores. It should also be of concern to residents in Byron’s hinterland. Boarding-house developments are permitted with consent in the RU5 Village Zone, which incorporates the villages of Federal, Main Arm, and Billinudgel.
If our community is not careful we could soon see land being bought up by developers in Federal to demolish existing housing to replace them with boarding houses as ‘affordable accommodation’.
Last week the Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) made a submission to Byron Shire Council calling on the council to amend the Byron LEP 2014 to prohibit boarding houses in our rural villages.
CABS has a real concern that with many of the current councillors’ zeal for affordable housing at any cost we could see the amenity and character of our rural villages eroded away through inappropriate over-development as has occurred elsewhere in the Shire.