Specialist food hub is on the menu at Bangalow
BYRON Councils' Food Manufacturers Cluster Group is eyeing off the Roads and Maritime Services site at Bangalow as one possible site for a master-planned specialist food hub, much to the ire of the Bangalow Progress Association.
The council's economic development and tourism co-ordinator, Jane Laverty, said with construction of the highway nearing completion, the 10-hectare Bangalow site was one of a few flood-free sites identified in the shire as being suitable for the development.
Despite opposition from the progress association, council was pressing ahead with discussions with the State Government around zoning.
"This is very much in the early stages but we are trying to get on the front foot in addressing the challenges local food manufacturers face in locating enough suitable land to develop their operations," she said.
"Food manufacture has a low impact and it's a great opportunity to grow the local economy and employment."
Progress Association president Tony Hart said his group strongly suggested council instead look at the old Ingham's Chicken processing site on Ewingsdale Rd.
"We have seen the submission made to the sustainable economy sub-committee, which talked about all the options, but it seemed to promote this site quite strongly," he said.
"I know council aren't interested in any old park, they say it would be beautifully designed, but I have this horrible feeling once the project gained momentum it would just end up looking like any other industrial park."