Last of the paperbark trees still standing

PEACEFUL. Pristine. Perfect. The first major land release in Evans Head has been given a new name and new motto.

The controversial Iron Gates has been renamed Vantage and the word - pristine - has been used at least three times in the promo video urging buyers to snatch 600sq m of land for $265,000.

"Reserve your piece of paradise, only 1.5km from the main street of Evans Head.”

"Great community vibe,” the brochure promises.

Not everyone is feeling the vibe about the pace of development.

A concerned resident who asked not to be named took a photo of the last paperbark tree on the old school site in Evans Head.

The site, bordering Elm, Cedar and Woodburn Sts, is being developed and six paperbark trees have been removed by a private developer with one remaining.

"My concern is about the impact on the environment and wildlife,” the resident said.

The trees were gifted to the community by early settler James Paddon and were heritage listed in the 1990s but later de-listed in the early 2000s.

The residents' concerns centre around the amount of development in the area.

There is Vantage, 70 new cabins at the beachfront holiday park and 340 home sites at the Air Park.

Coupled with the construction of the new Pacific Hwy, Evans Head is feeling the impact of urban growth.

YOUR NEW HOME?: A video still from the promo on Vantage, formerly called Iron Gates, in Evans Head.
YOUR NEW HOME?: A video still from the promo on Vantage, formerly called Iron Gates, in Evans Head. Susanna Freymark

Richmond Valley Council general manager Vaughan Macdonald said the council was waiting for the assessment of the master plan by NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

"The developer is negotiating requirements with relevant NSW government agencies so the master plan can be determined.

"When that is complete council will proceed with the development assessment process,” Mr Macdonald said.

The council does not have a tree preservation policy.



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