Lennox residents urged to protest
By BREE PRICE
VICTORIA O'CONNOR wants to see the land known as Condon's Hill in Lennox Head rezoned as Environmental Protection (Scenic Escarpment) to prevent the $44 million Seniors Living development proposed on the site from going ahead.
Mrs O'Connor, the co-ordinator of Lennox Care, encouraged more than 200 people who gathered at a public meeting in Lennox Head on Tuesday night to show their support for the rezoning of the hill, bordered by The Coast Road and Ballina Street, by writing submissions to Ballina Shire Council.
She said the land was zoned as Rural Urban Investigation, but an application to amend the Ballina Local Environment Plan and recognise scenic and environmental values of the land is on public exhibition until March 31.
Mrs O'Connor said if the land was rezoned, the 148-unit development could not be approved in its current form.
"We're not anti-Condon family and we're not anti-development. But this development would destroy the ambience and visual amenity critical to Lennox," she said.
"There are also problems with the steep slopes and unstable areas, traffic issues and the lack of a suitable entry point. And there would be an impact from the extra people on the already over-taxed infrastructure and facilities of Lennox Head."
A motion to support the amendment to the Ballina LEP to rezone the whole of the land area was presented at the conclusion of the meeting and was almost unanimously supported.
Mrs O'Connor urged people to write submissions, lobby Ballina Shire councillors and attend council meetings to show the level of support for the rezoning application.