Dianne, back, and Dr David Hope, from Yamba Private Clinic, are objecting to the proposed backpackers development on the basis
Dianne, back, and Dr David Hope, from Yamba Private Clinic, are objecting to the proposed backpackers development on the basis

Backpacker DA divides community

By ADRIAN MILLER

PLANS for a backpacker development on Yamba's Coldstream Street have gone on public display, and while a final decision is still some time away, the proposal has been met with a mixed reaction from the Yamba community.

Brooks Bakery owners Mandy and Michael Brooks, whose bakery adjoins the property where the hostel will be built if approved, have both welcomed the proposal.

"I think it's a wonderful idea, because it will be good for the town," Mrs Brooks said.

"It'll bring a lot of people into town outside of the tourist season, so I think it'll be great."

Mr Brooks agreed.

"It won't only be good for us, but all the clubs, the pubs and take-away shops, everyone will benefit," he said.

However, not everyone is as optimistic.

Yamba Private Clinic practice manager Diane Hope said they would oppose the construction.

"Parking is a major concern, because there's not nearly enough parking now," she said.

Mrs Hope said if the number of beds was reduced ? the current plan is for 100 ? the development would be more acceptable.

"I think it's too big and not in the right place," she said.

"It's not like we're saying we don't want this no matter what, if it was scaled down a bit then it would be more appealing."

The plans will be exhibited in Clarence Valley Council's Maclean branch until August 23.

The construction is considered a significant coastal development, meaning final approval will be made by DIPNR.



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