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Carrs Dr development approved on appeal

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Subdivision plan showing location of building envelope outside of C2 zone at Carrs Dr
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Carrs Dr development approved on appeal

 

By Tim Howard

Clarence Valley Council continues to approve developments on land that is in danger of flooding.

At its October meeting the councillors overturned their decision in April to knock back a proposal for a six-lot subdivision at 181 Carrs Dr, Yamba.

The council was asked to review its decision after the developers amended the DA to address the issues raised in April.

They were:

a) The land being a wetland (swamp forest of swamp oak) making it unsuitable for the proposed development;

b) The nine submissions raised major concerns about the potential for flooding, impacts of stormwater runoff and clearing of natural vegetation.

c) The likely impacts of the development on the natural environment;

d) Impact on areas of C2 zoning for some infrastructure.

In a report to the October meeting council staff recommended the DA be approved as the amended document address the reasons for refusal.

The proposal for six large lots, with a minimum lot size of 5000 square metres, was zoned R5 Rural, with a section of the sixth lot zone C2 Conservation.

Councillors objected to effluent disposal on the C2 area, the blocking of a wildlife corridor through the site for the Yuraygir and Bundjalung national parks and the flood prone nature of the site, which had been inundated during the 2022 floods in February and March.

The developer requested a review of the refusal after making changes to the DA which removed infrastructure on the C2 area as well as restricting the building envelope for structures on the other lots.

The developers also argued the site was not a mapped wetland or located with 100m of a wetland as indicated by State Environmental Planning Policy.

In a Biodiversity Diversity Assessment Report, it said the plant community type, swamp oak forest, did not constitute a wetland community type, but rather, was vegetation aligned with swamp oak forest.

There was a similar rationale to account for the presence of a paperbark swamp forest located nearby but not affected by the development.

The land was considered suitable for the proposed development because the biodiversity impact could be offset under the terms of the Biodiversity Offset Scheme.

Subdivision plan showing location of building envelope outside of C2 zone

Subdivision plan showing location of building envelope outside of C2 zone

Other issues of flooding, impacts on the environment were also considered to have have been satisfactorily amended.

Cr Karen Toms, who supported the original development, moved to also accept the revised DA.

Cr Debrah Novak wanted to know what changes had had been made and director environment and planning Andrew Cameron answered.

“All infrastructure for the proposed lat six has been relocated outside the C2 environmental conservation zone and a reduction in building envelope size for the proposed lots two to six from 20 by 20 to 15 by 20,” he said.

“So they’re the two main changes that have been made in response to the previous council report.”

Cr Greg Clancy was not convinced changes were sufficient.

“While, I note that the there is no map wetlands on the site or being impacted, the fact that there were swamp oaks of coastal lowlands of the NSW North Coast bio-region and there’s 0.415ha to be impacted, flags to me that the site is a very low lying site and would be subject to flooding,” he said.

“And this was an issue that I was concerned about during the original DA when it was before council previously.

“I still have concerns that it is too low lying and it is basically a swamp even if it’s not mapped as such.”

He said there needed to be changes to stop people building in flood prone areas.

“I do not think we should be approving housing in areas which are most likely to be flooding,” he said.

“And I think that might be one in 20 or something like that rather than one and 100. So, to me, it’s not good planning to be putting houses in areas that are quite likely to flood.”

But Cr Toms said the rules were the rules.

“Under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979, people have an opportunity for a review under Section 8.28 of that Act. And that’s what has happened,” she said.

“The applicant has requested a further review of their determination and they have made some changes to to rectify the concerns that were caused that caused the refusal the last time.”

“So they’re tweaked to make concessions to their subdivision to satisfy the reasons why it was refused last time. So that’s the process. That’s their lawful right.”

The council voted 7-2 to approve the DA.

 

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Mental Health in Young Men: The Need for Change

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Mental Health in Young Men: The Need for Change

 

As part of International Men’s Health Week, Kids Helpline is urging boys and young men to prioritise their mental health. Tracy Adams, CEO of yourtown, emphasises the importance of this week for fostering a positive culture around mental and emotional well-being, especially for young men.

Key Findings from Kids Helpline

  • Help-Seeking Disparity: Young males are significantly less likely to seek help for mental health concerns compared to females. In May, Kids Helpline recorded 57 daily responses from young males versus 195 from females.
  • Age Groups: Males aged 19 to 25 are the largest group of male help-seekers (37%), while those aged 15 to 18 are the least likely to seek support.

Societal Stigma and Hyper masculinity

Ms. Adams highlights that societal stigma and the culture of hyper masculinity discourage boys from talking about their emotions and seeking help. Many boys conform to a masculine ideal that values stoicism, toughness, and competitiveness, which has long-term negative effects on their mental health.

The Impact of Reluctance

Reluctance to access mental health support leaves many young men feeling isolated and vulnerable. Kids Helpline counsellors note that this reluctance is often due to the stigma associated with mental health issues and societal expectations of masculinity.

Creating a Supportive Environment

Kids Helpline provides a safe and inclusive space for boys and young men to connect with professional support around the clock. The service aims to change the way boys view mental health and encourage them to reach out for help.

Call to Action

Ms. Adams concludes by urging the community to teach boys that it’s okay to seek help. Emphasising the importance of support, she highlights the need to change societal norms and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in young men.

Contact Information

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only national 24/7 counselling service for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, provided by yourtown. It offers free, confidential support via:

Conclusion

International Men’s Health Week serves as a crucial reminder to address the mental health needs of young men. By encouraging open conversations and providing accessible support, we can help young men lead healthier, happier lives.

 

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Council Recognised at Local Government Awards

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Council Recognised at Local Government Awards

 

Clarence Valley Council was honoured at the Local Government Professionals Award dinner in Sydney on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The Council emerged as finalists in five categories: Special Project Initiative, Innovative Leadership, Partnership and Collaboration, People Workplace Wellbeing, and the Emerging Leaders category.

The Planning Portal Integration project, aimed at enhancing customer experience and simplifying online application processes, won the Judges Award in the Special Project Initiative category. Clarence Valley Council’s General Manager, Laura Black, expressed immense pride in the contributions of the staff and the positive impact on the community. “Staff have worked hard on making the transition to the NSW Planning Portal as streamlined as possible. Being one of the first councils in the state to complete the integration with our corporate systems, it was great to see it recognized as a winner at the Local Government Professionals Awards,” said Ms. Black.

Nick Harvey, the esteemed Financial Accountant, was a finalist in the Emerging Leader category. Harvey has brought enthusiasm and innovative thinking to the organisation, consistently meeting challenges with unwavering dedication.

The Council’s staff received recognition in the Innovative Leadership category for their efforts in restoring civil infrastructure after eight consecutive natural disasters, completing several years’ worth of work in just one year despite enduring multiple floods and fires.

The Rediscover Grafton project, a great example of the Council’s collaborative efforts, was a finalist in the Partnerships and Collaboration category. Through cooperation with internal teams, local businesses, and community groups, the project revitalised the Grafton CBD, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and enhancing the main street’s appeal.

Additionally, the Grow Your Own trainee and apprentice program was recognized as a finalist in the People Workplace Wellbeing category. This initiative addresses staffing needs by training apprentices and trainees across various roles, from People and Culture personnel to Plant Mechanics.

“Although we didn’t win an individual category award, being finalists in five categories from hundreds of nominations and receiving one of three special Judges Awards demonstrates that we are delivering on our commitments. The continuous improvements we have implemented in recent years are recognized by our peers,” Ms. Black said.

 

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NRAR Officers to Revisit Casino Area Properties to Monitor Water Rule Compliance

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NRAR Officers to Revisit Casino Area Properties to Monitor Water Rule Compliance

 

Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) outreach officers are scheduled to return to properties in the Casino area this June to check on the progress of landholders in addressing water law breaches identified in previous visits.

Since 2022, NRAR officers have visited 782 properties in the region, providing advice and guidance on compliance. During these visits, it was discovered that over 22% of landholders had breached water rules in some manner.

NRAR Director of Education and Engagement Keeley Reynolds explained that the upcoming visits are intended to assess the steps landholders have taken to meet their obligations. “At our first visit, if there were issues, we discussed those with the landholder and offered help and advice on how to address them. Now we hope to see that they have complied or made substantial progress,” Ms. Reynolds stated.

The most common problem identified in the region was the failure to keep accurate records of water use. Additionally, issues such as having oversized water works or metering problems were also frequently detected. Of the 176 breaches observed, 152 were related to accurate record keeping.

“The effective management of water in NSW depends on accurately and consistently measuring water use – and keeping accurate logbooks is fundamental to that,” Ms. Reynolds emphasised. “Some of the breaches we are talking about might seem minor, but all breaches of NSW water laws are important and collectively they can add up to a large widespread problem.”

Ms. Reynolds noted that if landholders are still not compliant, outreach officers will attempt to understand the reasons and offer further assistance. However, she warned that continued non-compliance could lead to enforcement actions, including fines, approval suspensions, and even prosecution for the most significant cases.

The Casino area falls within the Far North Coast Water Sharing Plan area, which spans from north of Coffs Harbour to the Queensland border, covering 10,000 square kilometres and over 280 kilometres of coastline in NSW.

For more information about NRAR’s education and engagement activities, landholders and interested parties are encouraged to visit the NRAR website.

Key Points:

  • NRAR officers to revisit Casino area properties in June to check compliance progress.
  • Initial visits revealed over 22% of landholders had breached water rules.
  • Most common issues were related to accurate water use record keeping.
  • Continued non-compliance could lead to enforcement actions.
  • The Casino area is part of the Far North Coast Water Sharing Plan, covering a vast region in NSW.

For further details on NRAR’s initiatives and to stay updated, please visit NRAR’s website.

 

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