Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Worker Housing Move; DA Application Is Open for Comment

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Worker Housing Move; DA Application Is Open for Comment

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Byline: Tim Howard Tim.Howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

A DEVELOPMENT application to construct temporary accommodation for 150 Pacific Hwy workers on industrial land in Yamba is on display until November 14.

The development is a joint venture between Queensland-based pipeline construction company the McFadyen Group and Kahuna No.1 Pty Ltd, owned by Angourie builder Neil Garrard.

The development, in the Yamba Business Park off Deering St, would normally contravene the Clarence Valley Council's Local Environment plan, which forbids residential development on land zoned industrial. But in July the council voted to approve a planning proposal to amend the LEP to allow this development.

Councillors passed the planning proposal 5-3, with fears expressed this type of development would lead to a proliferation of unsightly camps of "dongas", to house workers, springing up around the Valley.

Cr Andrew Baker also expressed fears these developments, put forward by big companies to house their workers, would take opportunities from local accommodation providers. …

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