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Philanthropists Christopher and Linda Dean, with help from architect David Brown, have lodged a DA for 1247 Myocum Road, for what they say is an attempt to address the chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Brown told The Echo DA 10.2022.545.1 is now on exhibition and aims to ease the affordable housing pressures by housing around 40 people in two detached dual occupancy dwellings, and four expanded modules. 

‘A range of different bed-room types to attract a diversity of people is proposed’, says Brown. He describes it as a ‘pocket neighbourhood where residents can enjoy a sense of security and identity’.

Located just past the golf course at the base of Coolamon Scenic Drive, the 4.65ha rural land parcel is not flood prone, yet a creek runs through the land, says Brown.

Regen/riparian works are planned for the area, and a DA for a nursery is approved, ‘which would provide 12 full time employment positions’.  

‘The project will be owned and managed by Christopher and Lynda Dean’s superannuation fund. The Deans are well known for their contributions to the Byron Shire community’.

Brown added that, ‘It will not be sold off, and there will be good safeguards in place for it to remain affordable’.

Mr Dean told The Echo they are not looking for extraordinary returns.

‘Rent is expected to be between $360 and $450pw, and we will be looking to keep the rents as reasonable as possible. Another smaller version of the dwellings already exists in Myocum Road, and another is under construction on Kennedy’s Lane.’ 

‘These are aimed at key workers, the folk who make the Shire work’.

Brown adds, ‘While there appears support from some councillors, it may go to Council’s planning review committee if staff have reservations and recommend the DA is rejected’.

The DA can be found on Council’s website.  

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  1. so the Echo writes something in support of this DA which is totally crazy yet when there are other types of housing developments proposed, where people can actually own their own homes including where it might include a percentage of affordable housing, the publications are ‘anti-development’.

    this DA is on rural zoned land for a high density housing development…that will make lots of rental profit for the owners but its OK to support it because they are saying its ‘affordable housing’ ?

    This is not affordable housing, this is a rental-for-profit scheme. There are no lock in low rental rates that can be imposed for something like this from Council, any rates can be charged by the owners.

    • Free market capitalism is finally allowed to work. If the council stays out of their way, more people will do this and create a thing called ‘competition’ which drops rental prices. You socialists are the ones getting in the way of the problem being solved, and then you blame capitalism for the results of your behaviour. I suggest you become familiar with the works of Ludwig von Mises to cure your confusion.

  2. We need land made available where people can build and own their own tiny homes. No one is getting any younger. People in lower social demographic wouldn’t have any money left over for food after paying that rent sadly and it would still create alot of pressure and lack of independence. Older people don’t have the same opportunity as younger people re work so they need something that will be theres, giving them some hope of a future they can be part of. Imo


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