Council rejects aged-care extension

Ballina Shire Council has asked Seventh Day Adventist Aged Care to seek an alternate site for proposed extensions to its Alstonville Adventist Village.

Adventist Aged Care had sought to have the Ballina LEP amended to allow the expansion of the village into an adjoining 31-hectare site on land it owns between the facility and Lumley Park in Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville.

Speaking on behalf ofAdventist Aged Care, town planner John Sheehan told the Council meeting last Thursday the provision of aged care facilities in the area was a significant issue, with projections of a future Northern Riversaged care population of 90,000.

Cr David Wright said he was disappointed the matter had come back to Council after attempts to rezone adjoining properties for a similar purpose had been rejected three times in 2004 and 2005.

He said, apart from being in an environmental protection zone, the neighbouring land was subject to drift from orchard spraying, while nearby Lumley Park was home to one of the biggest flying fox colonies known to mankind.

He suggested, as Council was in the process of constructing a link road on level ground between Rifle Range Road and Sneaths Road, the company should investigate that area as it contained a number of level sites that would be ideal for a purpose-built facility.

Its not just about Council saying no. Weve even had representations from residents of the current village who dont want the facility to expand onto this difficult site, Cr Wright said.

Cr Phil Silver said the real issue was not about amending the LEP, but upholding the buffer zone between agricultural and residential land on the Alstonville Plateau.

Council resolved 8/1 (Cr Howes for) not to support the proposal on the basis it was inconsistent with S117 Direction 5.3 Farmland of State and Regional Significance on the NSW Far North Coast and Councils established planning policy for the Alstonville Plateau.


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