Tallowood tangle goes into 5th day

The site of the proposed Tallowood Ridge Estate.
The site of the proposed Tallowood Ridge Estate.

FOUR days in the Land and Environment Court have not been long enough for Commissioner Robert Hussey to hear all of the detailed submissions and evidence presented to him about the proposed Tallowood Ridge development in Mullumbimby.

The court will move to Ballina today for a fifth sitting day as the Byron Bay Court House was already booked for other cases.

Expert witnesses assisting the court were called for the first time yesterday and led through their evidence by the legal team representing the applicants, Eric and Sarah Freeman, of Bayview Land Development, and the solicitor for Byron Shire Council, Adam Seton.

Ecologists Peter Parker, who was hired by the developers, and Mark Robinson, hired by the Council, delivered conflicting verdicts about threatened species of flora and fauna on the 64-hectar development site.

When shown photos of threatened species such as the spiny gardenia and marblewood trees Mr Parker these plants were not mentioned in the DA which went to council last year because they were not found on the land comprising the 31 lots of Stage1 of the development.

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