Wooyung site a complex issue

TWEED Shire Council's handling of a proposal to replace plans for a massive 300-unit resort on a secluded Wooyung beachfront with 24 luxury houses has been defended by the council's planning director Vince Connell.

“The environmental sensitivity of this site is of prime importance to council's planning considerations,” Mr Connell said yesterday.

He said the site adjoined Billinudgel Nature Reserve, was partly within an environment- ally sensitive area of state significance, had Aboriginal cultural heritage significance, and contained littoral rainforest along with a number of threatened plants. It was also affected by a draft coastal hazard line which predicts possible erosion.

“The site also has no current, immediate access to town water and sewerage, and is further constrained by bushfire, flooding and acid sulphate soil issues,” Mr Connell said.

He added the site was partly zoned for environmental protection and partly rural and had failed the necessary criteria to be included in a recent lands release strategy.

He said the NSW Department of Planning had also advised: “It would be preferable for any development ... to be located on the cleared area of land in the north of the site”.

“The reference to council's approach to the yet-to-be submitted Wooyung proposal as red tape fails to acknowledge some significant planning concerns,” Mr Connell said.



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