Cordial factory decision on ice

KYOGLE councillors deferred a decision on the demolition of the historic former cordial factory in Wyangarie Street at an extraordinary council meeting yesterday.

A DA for the site has raised concerns in the community as the 98-year-old modest single-story timber factory is a rare example of manufacturing in Kyogle and was listed on council’s 1996 heritage study as historically significant.

The enterprise produced cordial continuously on the site from 1912 to 1982.

When asked why the development application was brought to the meeting, Kyogle Council general manager Arthur Piggott said the developers, FE Marsh and Co, wished to expedite the process for commercial reasons.

“We maintain the view that anything containing the potential to go on the heritage list should be put (directly) to council,” he said.

The developers plan to build commercial offices on the site.

Councillor Lindsay Passfield moved a motion to defer the decision until the ordinary meeting on February 15 as he was concerned council could be perceived as trying to rush the development application through while many residents were away on holidays.

“I’m not against what’s proposed,” he told The Star after the meeting. “But in the interests of good governance we have to subject it to due process.”

Councillor Ernie Bennett seconded the motion, stating that while he would usually follow the advice of senior staff, it was appropriate to defer on this occasion.

The only objection to the motion came from Cr Robert Dwyer, who voted against it. Crs Janet Wilson and Ross Brown were absent.

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