The Clarence Valley Review
4 January 2011
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Clarence Valley Council management has made yet another attempt to ditch the Yamba By-Pass plan put in place to relieve negative impacts on Yamba Road residents and road users generally.
The first few times abandonment was mooted staff wanted to sell land back to developers and this time environmental issues are cited.
Mayor Richie Williamson is traversing quicksand when he supports staff in this matter and it could be a real vote loser for him in March 2011, as most Yamba residents would have little faith in the designated land being effectively protected if the by-pass was permanently shelved.
Particularly as the by-pass land lies along the top of an area defined as 'West Yamba,' which is mostly owned by aggressive professional developers and was itself an area with considerable biodiversity/conservation values.
Local government has a long history of rolling over and playing dead for developers in Yamba and, this current set of councillors were the ones who finally forced the West Yamba 'green fields' urban development land release on a predominately unwilling community.