Ballina Shire Council's monthly meeting will be held today.
Ballina Shire Council's monthly meeting will be held today.

Alstonville buffer zone proposal to be discussed today

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to rezone land in the "buffer zone" between Alstonville and Wollongbar will be decided at the Ballina Shire Council meeting today.

The application is to rezone land at Robb St, Alstonville from agricultural land (urban buffer) to industrial land.

The council received 36 submissions during the public exhibition period, with 34 of those opposed to the proposal.

Staff have recommended that council confirms its support for the rezoning of the 0.68 hectare parcel of land.

Also at today's council meeting, councillors will discuss draft concept plans for Bicentennial Park.

Rangers have highlighted that illegal overnight usage of the park is continuing, and homeless people are also using the area when they have nowhere else to go.

Tenders will be awarded for repairs to the Pelican 181 restaurant in Fawcett Park, which was extensively damaged during the February storms, and councillors will hear presentations from two proponents interested in operating the cafe and kiosk at the new Ballina surf club.

Those presentations are expected to take place during a confidential session of the council.

The council will also consider a motion from Cr Sharon Cadwallader to invite Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay to Ballina to discuss options for relocating the RMS depot at West Ballina.

This site has been earmarked as an ideal location for a marina.

The Northern Star will be tweeting from the council meeting today. Read the tweets here on the website or follow @northern_star_ on Twitter.



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