Council set to approve ‘donga’ village for 278 workers

A PROPOSAL to build a donga village at Woodburn that would house 278 Pacific Highway workers has been slated for approval.

Richmond Valley Council will make a decision on the development application at tomorrow's meeting.

A staff report has recommended approval, with a number of conditions of consent.

The council received 50 submissions opposing the development and three in support. A petition, containing 224 signatures of objection, was also received.

After the exhibition period closed, the council received a further seven submissions and petition with 44 signatures, all supportive of the proposal.

Objectors cited issues with parking, noise, stormwater runoff from the site, the impact on local residents and the cultural impact of increasing the town's population.

Civeo Pty Ltd lodged the development application for the temporary accommodation, which would be set up in Richmond and Duke Streets.

The nearby bowling club will become the "mess hall" for the workers. It would remain open for club members.

The prefabricated, portable buildings would be removed once the highway works were finished, in about five years.



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