Council unable vote on LEP

KYOGLE Council was unable to vote on a recommendation that would have seen its draft principal Local Environment Plan go on public exhibition because too many councillors held a conflict of interest.

Seven of the nine councillors at last night’s ordinary council meeting declared a conflict of interest in regard to the plan, leaving the council short of the required number for a vote to take place.

Part of the plan will determine what size agricultural blocks can be subdivided into. Many of the councillors are farmers who own land which will be affected by the plan.

General manager Arthur Piggott will now be required to write to the Department of Planning asking for it to support an application to the Department of Local Government for a special exemption which, if granted, will give Mr Piggott the power to enact the recommendation, along with two others relating to the plan.

Meanwhile, the former Mallanganee and Grevillia primary schools may bereborn as cultural facilities after council voted to authorise Mr Piggott to app-roach the NSW Department of Education and Training to discuss how the buildings could be used to benefit the community.

The schools are not in use, but were not officially closed. It is expected they will be reassessed by the department at a future date and a decision made on whether to sell them.

Councillor Lynette Zito said that the schools could potentially become dedicated art spaces for painters, potters and craftspeople.

“It would enhance the community and tourism,” she said.

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