Simon Richardson, Byron Bay Mayor
Simon Richardson, Byron Bay Mayor Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Development at Broken Head refused

A community title subdivision at the quarry site on Broken Head Road, Suffolk Park, has been refused by Byron Shire Council.

Mayor Simon Richardson said the proposal was not in the community's best interest and the site needed to be looked at on a strategic level and not as a standalone.

"The quarry was controversial when it was approved in 1999 and continues to pose concerns for the community.

"The site has not been included in any forward planning documents and the community had the expectation that it would gradually be rehabilitated at the end of its life," he said.

Mayor Richardson also noted that the Shire had one of the highest biodiversity rates in Australia and Broken Head was one of its gems.

"Similarly, the close proximity to Taylors Lake and its cultural significance to our local Indigenous people is a concern.

"I've never been there as it's a sacred women's site and that needs to be respected and protected. We need to talk further with our local Indigenous people," he said.

The Council report also raised concerns on soil contamination and the entry and exit points into the proposed subdivision.

In conclusion, aside from the refusal of the DA, a report was requested on the remediation works that were required within the original consent.