RESCISSION: Members of the public gallery hold up signs supporting the rescission motion while Leigh Belbeck from Bellbeck Investments addresses council during Public Access.
RESCISSION: Members of the public gallery hold up signs supporting the rescission motion while Leigh Belbeck from Bellbeck Investments addresses council during Public Access. Christian Morrow

Senior Housing rezone plan backdown

BYRON Shire Council yesterday voted to reverse its decision to rezone land at Ewingsdale Road to allow a seniors' development.

Instead the plan will be put on display with residents invited to comment through the usual council process.

Citing concerns over inadequate community consultation, councillors voted 8-1 in favour of rescinding their previous vote.

The proponents, Bellbeck Investments, had previously convened public information meetings regarding the project.

Kirsty Nugent, from the Ewingsdale Community Association, called the decision a win for social justice.

During public access, Ms Nugent showed those in the chamber results of a community doorknocking survey her group had conducted revealing 94% of Ewingsdale residents were opposed to the rezoning.

During the heated debate, Byron Mayor Simon Richardson survived an attempted vote of no confidence 8-2 brought on by Cr Diane Woods.

Cr Rose Wanchap was also subjected to several calls for her resignation from council from the public gallery with security eventually escorting one member of the public from the chamber.

Bellbeck Investments have been approached for comment.



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