Mullumbimby resident, Lauren Lieberman, has started a www.change.org petition calling on the Byron Shire Council to reverse plans to develop on floodplains.
A councillor majority in December last year approved a Housing Options Paper that included – without public feedback – known flood-prone land on New City Road.
The state government is yet to approve the document.
Ms Lieberman’s petition notes read, ‘recently, our community was devastated by a 1-in-100 year flood that destroyed homes and disrupted lives in February 2022.
‘This community tragedy has spurred me to take action against the local council’s ongoing approval of developments in floodplains- a decision that puts our homes and lives at risk!
‘Floodplains are areas naturally designed to absorb excess water during heavy rains.
‘When we build on these lands, we not only disrupt this natural process, but also put ourselves at risk.
‘Our local council’s decision to approve developments on such risky lands is not just irresponsible; it is life-threatening.
‘We must prioritise the safety and well-being of our residents over short-term economic gains.
‘We call upon all residents who value their homes and community safety to join us in this petition’.
The petition is at www.change.org/p/halt-council-approval-of-developments-in-flood-plains, where it had accrued 274 signatures by Monday 12 February.