Kyogle estate gets approval

A CONTROVERSIAL proposal torezone land to allow for the construction of an industrial estate at Kyogle has been given the tick of approval by the Minister for Planning and new NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally.

The proposal to rezone land at the southern edge of the town from agricultural to industrial was put forward by developer Richard Vary and David Page in 2007.

Residents living near the proposed site said they objected to the plan because the land was in a flood zone.

Other concerns were that the industrial estate, located at the entry to the town, would be unsightly and spoil the rural outlook for residents living above the site. It was also said to be a waste of prime agricultural land.

Kyogle Council’s director of planning and environment services director, John Hession, said there had been 121 objections and 296 submissions in support of the proposal.

Murray Boyd, 76, has lived on a property near the site for 76 years and said the proposal was a recipe for disaster.

Any building on the site would need to be elevated to avoid water inundation during flooding, he said.

The council had assured him there would be no issue with water displacement.

Mr Hession said that from the council and state perspective the flood impact study showed the impact to surrounding property was minimal.

However, Mr Boyd said he was cynical about the council’s claim.

“If you displace water it has to go somewhere,” he said.

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