Bangalow zoning probe a farce

THE people of Bangalow have been completely ignored by Byron Shire Council, an irate resident says.

Linda Sparrow says she feels betrayed by the council, which votes today on rezonings in the heritage village.

Following a heated public meeting on May 17, council staff has recommended deferring a decision on only two of six areas proposed for residential status within Bangalow, and proceeding with the rest.

“It appears the entire process of consulting the community was a complete farce,” Ms Sparrow said.

The council will also vote today on the emergency action plan element of its coastal zone management plan, the provisions of which have angered property owners.

The completed CZMP will make properties near the coast unsaleable, said John Vaughan, who lives at Belongil Beach.

“From next week the CZMP will beattached by the council to 149 certificatesrequired at a property sale. No solicitor would recommend the purchase of property impacted by the CZMP, no company would insure the asset, and no bank would finance it because of the impact,” Mr Vaughan said.

He said scaremongering about erosion by the council had already wiped a billion dollars off the value of coastal properties in the shire.

Byron council is committed to a policy of planned retreat.

The State Government yesterday deferred its coastal protection legislation reform until the spring.



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