Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

COASTAL DA HIT FOR SIX Council Says No to Land Council DA; Land Council's Plans for 94 Lots Knocked Back

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

COASTAL DA HIT FOR SIX Council Says No to Land Council DA; Land Council's Plans for 94 Lots Knocked Back

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Byline: GRAHAMORAMS graham.orams@dailyexaminer.com.au

AN application to rezone and sell 36 hectares of Aboriginal land at Iluka has been stopped in its tracks.

The Birrigan Gargle Aboriginal Land Council had applied to Clarence Valley Council to refer its rezoning application to the State Government's a[approximately]Gateway'; the first stage of the process needed to rezone land.

The land, in Queen Street, Iluka, is roughly situated between the water tower and Iluka Main Beach.

Birrigan Gargle Land Council declined to comment when approached by The Daily Examiner, but it is understood the land council wanted to have the land rezoned to enable it to sell the land to a developer.

The rezoning application involved a proposal to develop 94 residential lots, including 22 conventional lots and 72 a[approximately]eco-lots'.

It also involved a proposal to build an a[approximately]eco-resort' next to the beach, including 25 cabins and nine a[approximately]luxury tent sites'.

Representatives of the Land Council met Clarence Valley councillors at the site on Tuesday morning.

It is understood councillors were told the Land Council needed to sell the land, partly to fund new Aboriginal housing.

In a report to councillors, council officers recommended referring the proposal to the Gateway, despite having concerns.

The report stated while the proposal had asome merita, it was clearly inconsistent with the State Government's Mid North Coast Regional Strategy (MNCRS) and was adifficult to warrant planning supporta.

The report did state the eco-tourism resort component was permissible under existing zoning laws and could be considered through the normal development application process without the need for rezoning.

However, council officers said the proposal represented a adifficult and complex issuea in which there was acompeting physical capability, social and community development and state policy matters to addressa. …

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