Close council vote lands North Lismore with industry
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
ROS IRWIN has described as 'a great shame' a decision to proceed with rezoning a parcel of North Lismore land for industrial use.
Cr Irwin on Tuesday night moved at a Lismore City Council meeting to defer the rezoning until a 'vision' for North Lismore had been developed.
"The rezoning the council is proposing will have a significant impact on North Lismore," she said.
"Council has an obligation to consult with the community before it goes ahead with something like this."
The rezoning will cover about 10 hectares of land bordered by Tweed, Terania, Lake and Bouyon streets.
The North Lismore Progress Association has raised concerns about their suburb losing its rural charm and tourism potential if the rezoning goes ahead. Progress Association spokeswoman Alison Kelly pleaded with councillors at Tuesday's meeting to support Cr Irwin's motion.
Council staff recommended the rezoning proceed with the rezoning in the interests of the local economy. The motion was defeated 6-5.
Councillors who supported the motion were Ros Irwin, Jenny Dowell, David Tomlinson, Vanessa Ekins and Frank Swientek. Cr Brian Henry was absent.