Anger over causeway upgrade

THE MAIN Arm Residents Association is angered an upgrade of a dangerous causeway near their village may not go ahead, but the developers responsible for the upgrade say it should not be their responsibility.

Developers involved in two proposed Main Arm subdivisions have asked Byron Shire Council to delete a condition of consent in their development applications that requires them to fund and construct an upgrade of the causeway on Main Arm Rd.

The council imposed the condition as part of its approval of the two consents for the 46 lots and a commercial centre.

Main Arm Residents Association president Peter Leishman said the single-lane causeway floods three to four times a year, cutting off access to Mullumbimby. In 2008 the causeway claimed the life of a local woman when her car was swept away.

The upgrade council has asked for would widen the crossing to two lanes and increase its height by one metre.

Developer and long-term Main Arm resident Mike Davis said he did not question the need for the upgrade or for a contribution from him, but the council had made it difficult by imposing the same condition on three different developers. He also contended the $750,000 request was unreasonable and that it was the council that should be the road and bridge building authority of the shire.



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