Casino roundabout row off to court
The battle is being waged by German supermarket giant Aldi, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and Richmond Valley Council and revolves around a roundabout proposed for the intersection of the Bruxner Highway (Centre Street) and Richmond Street, Casino.
At the behest of the RTA, the council has made the construction of the roundabout a consent condition for a supermarket Aldi wants to build on vacant land fronting the Bruxner Highway.
Aldi thinks the RTA should pay some of the cost of the roundabout - estimated at $1 million - and has taken its case to the Land and Environment Court.
The RTA disagrees, and despite several attempts at mediation, with the council playing the intermediary, it is refusing to budge on its stand.
In its latest advice to the council, the regional manager of the RTA said the supermarket development proposed for the Bruxner Highway site was the sole reason the intersection had to be upgraded.
As such, it was the RTA's opinion that it was the developer's responsibility to construct the roundabout, he said.
Council's general manager, Brian Wilkinson, said that with the failure of the mediation, the matter would proceed to a full hearing in the Land and Environment Court.
The date for the hearing has yet to be set, but he expects it will take place next month.