Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, has won an assurance from the NSW government that the Mullumbimby community will be consulted on any proposed sale of public land along the rail corridor that runs through the town.
“I made representations to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the community and the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce about proposed sell-offs of public land in Mullumbimby and Byron Shire,” said Ms Smith.
“The community should come first and have a voice when deciding the future of publicly owned lands. Land at Mullumbimby has been identified as surplus to transport business requirements.
“I will be holding the Minister to his commitment to consult with Byron Shire Council on any future plans to sell public land in Byron Shire. I have been informed that surplus land for disposal will be submitted to Property NSW for approval, and that as part of this process, Property NSW will liaise with Byron Shire Council under its community use policy.
“I thank the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to bring attention to the future of this land and I welcome the NSW government’s commitment to community use,” said Ms Smith.