Late bid fails: Docks go ahead

By DAWN COHEN

THE Tinkerbell development does not have to move its loading docks, despite an eleventh hour objection.

A motion aimed at restoring a development condition that the docks be relocated away from residents was lost at an extraordinary general meeting of the Ballina Shire Council on Tuesday.

Peter Lewis, the Lismore team service manager for the NSW Department of Housing, wrote objecting to the current position of the docks.

Mr Lewis argued the docks would be noisy for department residents living behind the development, according to Cr Sharon Cadwallader.

But the council de- clined to debate the letter because it was submitted too late.

Cr Johnson, Cr Rich and Cr Cadwallader wanted to restore the council's development condition that the docks must be moved.

The condition had been removed at a council meeting last Thursday, following a dispute over wording between mayor Cr Phil Silver and Cr Margaret Howes.

On Thursday Mayor Phil Silver voted for the development to move its docks.

But on Tuesday the mayor supported the development's request that the condition be removed.

Cr Howes was overseas.

The Department of Housing said it submitted written objections but they did not reach council before the submission cut-off date, according to Cr Cadwallader.

"Usually staff would inform councillors about a late submission but Tuesday was the first we heard about it," she said.

Cr Silver was not available for comment yesterday.

Chris Condon de- clined to comment.



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