Council may appeal decision

RECENTLY there have been a lot of successful appeals against decisions made by Byron Shire Council, but now it may be the turn of the council toappeal.

The council is seeking legal advice on whether to appeal against a decision by the Land and Environment Court to allow Woolworths to build a supermarket at Mullumbimby.

The court decided to allow the company to build an on-site sewage treatment plant after Woolworths submitted a revised application for the plant to the court, thereby removing thefinal obstacle to the developmentproceeding.

The council refused Woolworths’ section 68 application for an on-site plant last August.

Council environment and land use executive manager Ray Darney said it was quite difficult to understand how approval could have been gained for the plant.

“We will be advising council of their rights at their February 11 meetingafter discussions with our lawyers,” Mr Darney said.

There are unanswered questions about the revised plan, including issues around what would happen to the on-site plant in the event of anotherextreme weather event.

There has been a moratorium in place for several years on new developments in Mullumbimby, due to the existing sewerage system being overloaded.

There has also been fierce community opposition to Woolworths establishing in the town, and fears have been expressed by small retailers that they will be put out of business.

Treated effluent from the Woolworths site will be put into the Ocean Shores sewerage system and also used in landscaped garden areas around the Station Street site.

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