Government blocks North Lismore land release
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
PAUL ARMOUR is not giving up.
The North Lismore plateau landowner has vowed to fight on after the NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources refused to allow the development of his land as part of the Lismore City Council's urban release strategy.
The DIPNR declined to support any increase in the overall lot allocation in the council's strategy, despite repeated calls from councillors to add land from the North Lismore plateau, Tucki Creek, and Invercauld Road.
The DIPNR deputy regional director Steve Murray was yesterday unavailable for comment, but provided the following response in a letter to the council:
"We accept the arguments put forward in your letter, to the effect that Lismore is an unusual case as regards the need to provide urban growth areas...this does not mean, however, that areas which are difficult or expensive to ser- vice, or environmentally sensitive, should be given priority as release areas."
Mr Murray told the council it was welcome to suggest staged land releases from a number of localities as part of an agreed strategy, provided the areas were environmentally appropriate and economically viable.
Mr Armour called the situation an 'absolute shambles'.
"We're still determined. Dr Chris McDowell identified that 360 jobs would be created from this estate if it goes ahead," he said.
"There would be $120 million per annum going to companies in the 2480 post code area. It has to happen.
"The landowners are longterm residents with children in the area.
"They believe, after the council's recognition of this land, they should have the right to undertake this process."