Trev relocates to Lennox but non-compliance issues remain
TREVOR Murray of Trev's Recycled Garden is refusing to comply with Ballina Shire Council regulations after moving into the old Meat-E-Vite factory at Ross Lane at Lennox Head without council consent.
Mr Murray may be served with a court order today.
He relocated his recycled- garden business on January 1 from West Ballina after a six-year battle with the council for not having a DA and failing to comply with parking and safety regulations.
His non-compliance is continuing at the six-hectare Lennox Head site.
On Friday Mr Murray was issued with a formal Emergency Order to comply with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and to resolve a road safety issue. He has until today to comply. After receiving the order, Mr Murray said: "I'm not going to do anything. I'm just waiting for a court order."
Earlier this month, the council wrote to Mr Murray about his occupation of the Ross Lane premises without consent.
A council spokesperson said: "The immediate concern of council's technical staff is the road safety issue. Site inspections have revealed cars parked along the roadway, trucks entering and leaving (including reversing onto Ross Lane), and we have had reports of "near miss" type incidents.
The council's Rod Willis said: "I understand that these actions are very significant for Mr Murray and his business and we are very reluctant to initiate these type of orders but I think that in this instance the public safety warrants the intended course.
"Mr Murray hasn't as yet confirmed directly to us what business operations he has established," Mr Willis said.
"Our requests and intended orders are coached in terms of requiring Mr Murray to cease actions he has or may have taken that would require the consent of the council where that consent hasn't been obtained.
Mr Murray said: "(The) council have known for 10 years what I do. I am a a recycling centre. I am not a nursery. I rehabilitate plants."
Mr Murray said he rented the old factory through a private landlord.