Lennox Head-based town planner Steve Connelly addresses a crowd of people at a public meeting about changes in Ballina Shire Council’s proposed new Local Environmental Plan.
Lennox Head-based town planner Steve Connelly addresses a crowd of people at a public meeting about changes in Ballina Shire Council’s proposed new Local Environmental Plan.

Solicitor concerned about LEP

ONE of Ballina Shire Council's own solicitors has called for people to take action if they are upset with the proposed zoning of their land under the new Local Environmental Plan.

Bill Grace, who is on the council's legal panel, spoke at a public meeting on Thursday night about his concerns with the new LEP.

Meanwhile the council's strategic services group manager, Steve Barnier, expressed "disappointment" over the "mis- information" currently being distributed within the Ballina Shire community.

"Unfortunately councillors and staff have recently become aware that inaccurate and misleading information appears to be being distributed regarding the new draft LEP plan," Mr Barnier said. "Council is concerned this misinformation is causing unnecessary distress to land owners.

"As we want to ensure that all members of the community are correctly informed on the new draft LEP, council staff are encouraging any landowners with concerns to contact our strategic services section to ensure that any information you have is correct."

But Mr Grace, a Coolgardie resident, told the crowd of about 150 people at Thursday's meeting that he believed the council had "deliberately set out to mislead people".

"In my point of view, it is now too late to lobby the council," he said.

"But I don't believe, personally, that the public consultation has been adequate."

Others who spoke at the meeting included operators of Ballina Beach Village at South Ballina, Bernard and Rikki Grinberg, who said new E2 zonings would hinder opportunities at their caravan park, which they are currently trying to sell.



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