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October 4, 2022

Erection of pods in Mullumbimby

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I am writing to you all with the belief that the housing pods earmarked for Mullumbimby are ill conceived and very unfair to ratepayers like me who have not yet gotten over the trauma of the last flood.

I cannot sleep five months on. I don’t feel safe in my house even though I am one of the ‘lucky’ ones whose house has been repaired, owing to the generosity of my children.

I would not wish a flood on anyone. This is a ridiculously bad idea to hastily erect housing pods on a well-known floodplain. 

I hope this message gets through to those making decisions.

With concern for Mullumbimby’s future.

Catherine Wright, Mullumbimby

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  1. Another entitled local who only cares about their own vanity, amenity and land value, not about the community or the need for essential housing right now, especially for critical workers, young people and single parents.

    Years and years of locals protesting against any form of residential development, has resulted in this situation, you get what you deserve; housing provided without any input from the community or council because you have rejected it for years.

    If this proposal was put on a hill near mullum, the same protests would be happening, but we need this housing close to services, ie in town.

    To protest this because of flooding is a false reason 100%. This site is at the same suitable risk as all the residents around town, so should you vacate all your homes year around because of this same flood risk?

    FYI THE COUNCIL DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A NEW AND ACTIVE RESIDENTIAL STRATEGY, too many people protest against supply of organised and managed, additional housing in the shire.

    Byron Shire – ‘striving to be a third world country’

    • Actually Mick, the only issue around the pods being put on the Prince Street site is the amount of fill being placed there. Two hydrologists have assessed the impact of the fill and stated that it will adversely effect surrounding homes in the event of a flood. Michael Lyon has also stated that there is risk associated with filling the site. Basically it shouldn’t be filled at all and given that we are heading for a 3rd la Nina season it is fairly likely that we will see flooding within the next 6 months…Catherine is not an entitled local she is a person who has just been through the trauma of a flood and is basically now facing a situation where Council’s actions are potentially endangering her home , there are still 9 homes in Station street alone that are various states of repair from being uninhabitable to people camping in their own homes without kitchens and walls, there are many more on the Eastern side of the rail corridor…..these are not ‘entitled local’s’ they are people who are still traumatised and have a right to be anxious about a Council’s approval to fill a flood plane and exacerbate flooding into their homes. if it had been built on a hill then it would not have impacted homes around it.

      • get real , where is the hydrologist report and modelling showing this? you can get any consultant to say anything if you pay them. frogicide too? Local councillors are politicians nothing else.


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