Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

West Byron War of Words; MPs' Claim and Counter Claim over Development

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

West Byron War of Words; MPs' Claim and Counter Claim over Development

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Byline: Christian Morrow

AS TIME ticks away for public submissions to be made on the proposed developments at West Byron, Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Ben Franklin has rejected claims by Ballina MP Tamara Smith that he has never raised concerns regarding the development with the state planning minister Anthony Roberts.

Mr Franklin pointed to Minister Roberts' response to Ms Smith's questions in parliament over the development when he said: "I have been advised by the Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Ben Franklin, that he has heard from many locals who have also expressed many reservations.

"Ms Smith may have asked a question, but it's a shame she didn't listen to the answer before talking to the media."

During Question Time on Wednesday Ms Smith urged Mr Roberts to act on local concerns about the proposed developments.

"I was able to secure a commitment from the planning minister to monitor the developments but the message I got loud and clear is that we as a community need to make sure we express our concerns formally if we stand any chance of reining in this mega development," Ms Smith said. …

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