Byron Council blocks plans for Coorabell
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
PLANS for a restaurant and cheese-making factory at Coorabell by the well-known Singh family have been shelved by Byron Shire Council.
The council voted this week to defer a decision on the Singhs' plan to convert a dairy and piggery on Coolamon Scenic Drive into a restaurant following strong opposition by the family's neighbours.
The developer acting for the Singh family, Brian Rummery, said he was surprised by the rejection.
"This is not a huge tourist development. That's rubbish," Mr Rummery said.
"With dairy regulation you just can't make a living out of 100 cows any more. A farm has to value-add and the restaurant and mini cheese-making factory is about that," he said.
Byron Shire mayor Cr Jan Barham said she supported valueadding but had been shocked by the scale of the plans and claims residents had been left out of con- sultations.
"I hope (the matter being deferred) gives the developers and the residents a chance to sit and talk through their concerns," she said.
Residents opposing the development say it will bring noise and visual pollution to the 'iconic' Coorabell ridgeline and herald the influx of commercial tourist development in rural areas.
"I think the ridgeline is as important as the lighthouse. How do we stop this from becoming a tourist strip?" resident Virginia Peters said.