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Wategos is named after WWI veteran, Murray (Mick) Watego.
His family of 12 farmed the area until the 1950s. Photo www.trip.com

A motion by Cr Asren Pugh (Labor) to amend the LEP to reduce the building height limits in the Wategos residential area from 9m to 8m was unsuccessful at last Thursday’s Council meeting. 

44 Brownell Drive, Wategos Beach, Byron Bay.

After the vote was tied, Mayor Lyon used his casting vote to declare the motion lost. Instead, his motion was unanimous, which asks for a staff report on ‘Existing efforts to limit excessive excavation and any additional proposals to limit excavation that Councillors could consider.’

Also staff are asked for, ‘Any other measures that can be effectively enforced through a chapter of the DCP for Wategos or other measures to limit the bulk and scale of developments that impose on the character of the Wategos area’. 

Correction: This story incorrectly stated the notice of motion was by Cr Sarah Ndiaye, whereas it was by Asren Pugh. It has been updated accordingly.

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  1. Literal non news. Wategoes is the Dubai of the area. The people that own anything there have enough money to just keep trying and trying and trying until they win. Some of these monstrosities are seven or eight stories tall.

    It’s a complete farce. Everything about Wategoes screams blatant illegal technicalities.

    The perfect example of what money can buy if you have so much you don’t care what it costs. The beach and walk is beautiful, nothing else really is. It could have gone so many ways, a world leading example of environmentally friendly, chic, sustainable design. Anything.

    Brutalism wins again by fatality.


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