Historic factory to be demolished
RUMOURS of an explosive first ordinary meeting of Kyogle Council for 2010 came to nothing, though there was still plenty of action and an overflowing public gallery.
The development application to demolish the historic cordial factory in Wyangarie Street was approved, despite calls from the National Trust last week to preserve it.
Cr Lynette Zito put up a successful amendment that the developer retain the graphic on the building and/or mount a plaque to commemorate the historical significance of the building.
“The developer said they had planned something like that, but were still determining what that would be,” Cr Zito said.
“So there will be something to denote the significance of the site.”
Meanwhile, council agreed to put its controversial draft heritage study out for public exhibition and consultation.
The study will underpin the heritage component of council’s draft Local Environment Plan, which will provide future protection for heritage buildings in the Kyogle area.
Council will notify the owners of potential heritage buildings and the wider community about the study and the implications of heritage listing.
Council also voted to endorse the concept of a combined art gallery and museum next to the library.
A study co-funded by the council and the State Government will go on public display for 21days.
Council will also investigate the feasibility of solar-powered flashing lights in 40km/h school zones throughout its area.
Also, a code of conduct complaint by general manager Arthur Piggott against Cr Janet Wilson was deferred due to the councillor’s absence from the meeting.
Cr Wilson had ‘firmly’ objected by email to council staff last September over recommendations from the Community and Cultural Committee, claiming them to be contrary to local government regulation.
An independent reviewer had ruled she had a case to answer for inappropriate behaviour when dealing with council staff.