Religious retreat advertised despite promise
OWNERS of a Northern Rivers property have promised to stop holding "unlawful" religious retreats, in an effort to get a development application approved by Lismore City Council.
But it has now been revealed that an event for Easter next year is already being advertised on social media.
The owners of the property in Roy Place at Richmond Hill have lodged a development application with the council for a home and a pool.
The application was up for debate at last night's council meeting, with nearby residents raising concerns about the impacts of previous events held at the property.
There have been numerous complaints about "chanting, loud drumming and screaming" during "religious retreats"
Sheree Toy spoke against the DA during the public access segment at the council meeting.
"My property shares a boundary with 5 Roy Place," she said.
"The the street does not have adequate coverage to cope with traffic, the transient nature of people who attend, the constant traffic of strangers, the disregard to residents and the noise was an issue."
Cr Darlene Cook said she had visited the property and was told by the owners that the DA was for a family home, and they would not run any more events.
"So I was shocked when Ms Toy showed me the ad on the website... it was a complete rejection of all the advice staff gave them," she said.
There was some discussion the landowner could take the council to the Land and Environment Court if the DA was refused for no reason.
Mayor Isaac Smith voted to postpone making a decision on the application until April 2019.
Cr Bill Moorhouse said deferring the vote until after this date would give the council time to see if the property owners did indeed hold an unlawful event.
The motion to defer a decision was passed by the council.