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September 29, 2022

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Iron Gates developer launches appeal against DA refusal at Evans Head

It is a saga that has been going on for over 30 years and that some hoped might finally have come to an end. But that is not to be the case with an appeal against the refusal of the Iron Gates development application (DA) at Evans Head now having been submitted.

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I recently completed a bathroom addition, and had initially decided to install a bidet. During the building process, I decided to omit the bidet.

When it came to applying for the final occupation certificate, I discovered that I had to submit another Section 68 Plumbing and Drainage application. I was told to simply put an ‘X’ through the bidet that was on the plan.

There is a new process where one has to apply through the online NSW government Planning Portal, which is very unintuitive and cumbersome to use. Attaching and uploading forms, for instance, is a pain, and often appears to have worked, but later the uploaded forms have disappeared, or one is left with a perpetually spinning ‘in process’ wheel on the screen.

Anyway, after many phone calls, and emails to Council, I received a bill for $415 for the new application, simply to remove the bidet from the plan.

So, Council gave themselves and me a couple of hours of work and frustration, where someone had to spend the time to field my calls and emails, and check the new application.

Ridiculous waste of time and resources – but we must follow the rules!

I wonder if the $415 I have to pay will cover the costs to Council for this absurdity.

Paul Kimmel, Ocean Shores


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1 COMMENT

  1. Every time there is a random accident or unforeseeable mistake, people scream for more regulation, and this is were it leads.
    I feel for you. They should have given you a $415 rebate for building less, since they system has been setup to encourage people to make less.

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