Backpacker developers wait for decision

By ADRIAN MILLER

THE future of the proposed backpacker development at Yamba is still unclear nearly 18 months after it was first submitted for approval.

Under SEPP 71 guidelines, the approval rests with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR), which first received the application from Maclean's Henwood family towards the end of 2004.

The applicant, Shane Henwood, said while it was frustrating for it to have taken so long, he understood the process.

"We submit the application and then get comments from council and the State Government about it and then they give us a chance to respond to the comments and it keeps going back and forth like that," he said.

"It comes back to us, and they make us check a whole bunch of things, so we are still battling away."

Mr Henwood said he hoped to hear back from DIPNR within the next month, but until then was unsure how it would progress.

"We've had a lot of positive comments from council and the general public and there's been a lot of community support," he said.

"We are slowly getting there, but we just don't know yet."



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