GM's wife objects to units plan
THE wife of Ballina Shire Council's general manager has written a scathing 12-page letter opposing plans to build 74 affordable housing units at Greenwood Grove in Lennox Head.
Penny Hickey, the wife of Paul Hickey, lodged her submission against the $7.3 million project with the council last week.
The couple is currently finishing building their new home in the area, which directly joins Chris Condon's proposed development site.
Mr Hickey admitted he has a conflict of interest, but told The Northern Star he was not involved with any aspect of the application through his role as general manager.
“I declared a conflict ofinterest a number of months ago,” he said.
“Since then I have not been involved in any matters involving Mr Condon.
“And that's not just in relation to this matter – it's all matters involving Mr Condon. I've taken a step back because there could be a perception of a conflict of interest.”
Hundreds of submissions have been lodged on the controversial Greenwood Grove application.
A petition with 60 signatures has been submitted in favour of the application, as well as a number of individual letters in favour of the proposal.
More than 200 letters ofobjection have been lodged, although many of the letters are duplicates with different signatures.
In her submission, Mrs Hickey claimed many of the pro-development letters were fake.
“Council needs to review the electoral role, its own records, or correspond directly to determine the authenticity of these submissions,” she wrote.
“If the submissions cannot be substantiated they should be either totally disregarded or given absolutely minor weighting.”Mrs Hickey also slammed the supporting petition. She said it was ‘very unusual' for it not to have a covering letter detailing how it was prepared or who was responsible.
Mrs Hickey said the petition ‘should not carry any weight in the submission process'.
Submissions on the application have now closed, and documents will be forwarded to the Joint Regional Planning Panel, which will make a determination.
The application for the 74 units will be considered under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Housing).