Kyogle mayor believes district is on its way up
KYOGLE mayor Danielle Mulholland is convinced her beautiful district is "right on the edge of a boom" and is convinced enough people will move there in the next few years to bring the population above 10,000 people.
That's the crucial population mark the local government area needed to reach to remain viable as a "standalone council" under the State Government's new standards in its far reaching reforms to local government.
As it stands the council area falls 450 short of that mark, with an estimated 9550 residents.
Unless it can somehow convince Minister for Local Government Paul Toole otherwise, it looks headed for an unpopular amalgamation with either Tweed, Lismore or Richmond Valley.
Yet determined to dodge the amalgamation bullet, Mayor Mulholland said Kyogle was a "hidden jewel" with enormous untapped potential and would easily surpass 10,000 residents with a little promotion.
That's despite the population growing just an estimated 0.4% since 2011, or a little more than 300 people.
On Cr Mulholland's list of things that made Kyogle great were the wonderful natural beauty of the region without the property price tag of council areas further east, plenty of local services, including schools, pools, medical centres, and banks, and the community spirit of the area and laid-back lifestyle.
"If you're young, or looking to enter the investment market, or looking at an area with enormous potential right on the cusp of going somewhere, the Kyogle LGA is it," Cr Mulholland said.
"We're undiscovered, (but) right at the edge of being discovered, and people who invest here I think will see their money grow."
"Our housing is affordable and it stays at a fairly consistent price. I'm talking really affordable housing - not Sydney for $1 million; I'm talking $250,000 in Kyogle.
"We're two hours from Brisbane, an hour from the beach, (so) it's perfect for a treechange.
"There's cracking places all over the LGA," she said.
"We've got a $15 million multi-purpose (health) centre opening in Bonalbo, Woodenbong is the most beautiful close knit community right near the border, Tabulam is right on the river, Mallanganee has the most spectacular views, and then there's Kyogle itself.
"I like to think of it as an unfinished painting just waiting to be completed."