News

‘Easy' to sidestep a heritage law

Cr Margaret McKenna.
Cr Margaret McKenna.

PEOPLE who own heritage-listed buildings in the Clarence Valley only have to complain loudly to gain exemptions to regulations, claims a councillor.

Cr Margaret McKenna was dismayed at Clarence Valley Council's decision on Tuesday to exempt three properties in Grafton and South Grafton from heritage-listing regulations because "they complained the loudest".

Cr McKenna said council staff recommended all 44 properties with heritage values recommended by the Heritage Committee after a long period of study and consultation with the owners, be subject to the regulations.

She said four owners of heritage buildings continued to object to the proposed listing because it lowered the value of their properties.

She moved three of them be included and one largely derelict building be left off.

However, Cr Ian Tiley moved an amendment to drop all four from the list.

"He said he didn't want the council to be seen as a dictator," Cr McKenna said.

"But what about all the other owners with heritage properties?

"This decision could be seen as lowering their property values."

Topics:  heritage-listed buildings regulations



Thousands turn up the heat at Yamba Gourmet festival

Cassidy OSeland, Tiahnee Cropper and Sally-Jane Loy came from Grafton to enjoy day of good food and fun at the Yamba Gourmet Food Street Truck Festival at Yamba Golf Club.

Food festival held on golf club driving range

Crash victim mourned by Clarence Valley community

Peter Ashenden

Well-known Grafton man killed in head-on collision at Port Macquarie

Clarence residents may need to rethink Sydney trip

MAN CHARGED: Police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old South Mackay resident over an assault on Victoria St at the weekend.

Pacific Highway closed due to crash

Local Partners