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In recent weeks the idea by Council to develop the existing car park in Station Street has dropped out of the news and out of the minds of many residents. The concern over the sudden State government start of construction for 60 pods on railway land has instead taken centre stage.

In the Council information provided with my rates I notice that Council has now moved this idea ahead, and has entered into an agreement for this carpark development, with 29 units proposed.

When this car park idea was first raised in The Echo I thought it seemed a well-intentioned idea, but totally the wrong location for so many reasons, and was not surprised with many views expressed against the proposal.

What was most amazing was the lack of consultation with the community and the apparent unanimous agreement by all councillors to foist this onto the centre of Mullum.

Council was apparently not aware of this State government pod development when the Council decision was made. Surely, with the State government’s 60-pod development now in progress it alters the situation?

The Council’s 29-unit development looks to become a more densely-packed development than the State government 60-pod development, and is highly likely to significantly alter the character of Mullum and its future.

Am I alone in being against this?

At least the State government development of 60 pods is for a limited few years, whereas we look like being stuck with 29 units in the centre of town for good.

I had hoped that the State government action would prompt Council to reconsider its car park decision, particularly as there is a significant underlying concern within the community about the scale of this development in the middle of town.

If you have similar concerns, make your voice heard by Council and councillors to stop this development.

Thomas George, Brunswick Heads

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  1. People against pod housing at hepburn park in gbah.

    People against pod housing at Mullum.

    People against high-density housing in mullum.

    We have a housing crisis, housing is a fundamental human need, currently there are hundreds if not thousands of people homeless.

    These anti-brigade people must all have a nice spacious home to live in, not work a low-paid critical services job and want to protect their land value and vanity at all costs.

    How about thinking about other people for once, the young single mother serving you the coffee in the morning, the overworked nurse who’s saving peoples lives, the underpaid garbage collector picking up your refuse, these are real people in our society, without them you can’t live your life the way you do.

  2. ” is highly likely to significantly alter the character of Mullum and its future.”

    Mullum has changed character every decade for the past 50 + years that I have known it.

    Nowadays it’s name should be Mullumnimby !


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