Lots of houses
By ADRIAN MILLER
Yamba plan too big, warns realtor
A MASSIVE development set for Yamba might not be good for the town, according to a local real estate agent.
Yamba Real Estate manager Ian McAlpin was responding to The Daily Examiner front page story on Thursday, which told of major residential developments in four sites across the Valley.
Mr McAlpin said while he thought the other developments in South Grafton, Clarenza and Townsend were a positive for the Clarence Valley, he doubted there was enough infrastructure at Yamba to support the 2500 people the development could house.
"Unless infrastructure is there before you developed it, it's going to overload the CBD because you've got a fairly large geographical area funnelled into a relatively small CBD," he said. "I can't see how council can cater for all the additional people."
Mr McAlpin said overdevelopment of Yamba was becoming a problem. Developing more sites could backfire on the council.
"It doesn't take long for it to happen and it must be checked, otherwise the thing that attracts people to the area can be lost," he said.
Clarence Valley councillor Joy Mathews said environmental protection was a priority.
"We need to be on the ball and alert to what is happening to our land and managing it as we are requested to so we are still looking after the environment," she said.
"I know population growth does worry people but if we're on the ball looking at every development, then we should see it gets to be a perfect de- velopment."