Kyogle to become a town divided
By MEL McMILLAN
KYOGLE councillor Peter Lewis fears amendments to the North Coast Strategic Plan will not only be 'cosmetically awful' but will 'split the Kyogle commercial precinct'.
Changes to the plan approved recently by Kyogle Council allow for sites at both northern and southern approaches to Kyogle to be rezoned for industrial use.
This is despite two of Kyogle's three real estate agents saying there is no need for a new industrial estate.
The southern site, a flood zone, is located next to a residential area.
"These new industrial zones were not included in the original strategic plan for which there was wide community consultation," Cr Lewis said.
"We are opening ourselves up to 24-hour service stations, McDonalds. It will ruin the approach to Kyogle. The current council is leaving a legacy for which it will be remembered poorly."
But acting town planning director John Hession, said there were not many formal objections to the proposal and the council had already received two applications to rezone one of the sites.
"There was a lot of lobbying to try and get residents to object, but most of them did not object."
Cr Lewis said this was untrue: "There were at least 13 objections." One objector was businessman Allan Marsh, developer of the Craig Street Industrial Estate.
"I don't think there has been enough community consultation," he said.
"We don't need two new industrial estates, the one we already have will serve Kyogle many years into the future."
Three householders in Cedar Ridge Estate said they did not want an industrial estate next door and had signed a petition saying so.
"Kyogle is supposed to be the gateway to the rainforests. This will make us the gateway to the industrial zone. No matter which direction you come from you will drive through an industrial estate," one said.