Residents find workshop waste of time

The Dunoon Community Group is unhappy with the workshop for councillors conducted by Lismore City Council on Tuesday night on the proposed Hardie Holdings subdivision for the village.

Spokesperson for the group Paula McDougall said she thought staff had described issues in a way more favourable to the developer than to those objecting.

The DCG was alarmed that the presentation seemed more like a sales pitch from the developer than an objective evaluation of the proposal, Ms McDougall said.

Eight councillors attended the workshop, where Council planner Chris Salisbury went through various issues surrounding the proposed subdivision, including wastewater management, density and lot size.

The proponent of the 50-odd lot subdivision has proposed one on-site sewerage treatment plant for the entire development, as opposed to individual septic systems. The proposal calls for a community title responsibility for the treatment plant, which will pump grey water back to every property for outdoor use.

The Dunoon development would be the first in the shire to give community responsibility for maintenance of a wastewater facility. Acting Council general manager Lindsay Walker said there was a similar set up in Noosa and that staff would report back with information on how well it was working.

Cr Ros Irwin said she could understand why members of the community were frustrated with Council.

I am going to go through the Development Control Plan with a fine-toothed comb because I think clearly this proposal does not comply.


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