Dorrigo?s on an upward spiral
A DECADE ago the future of Dorrigo was not looking too good.
The census revealed a town with a declining population and high unemployment.
Now the negative growth rates appear to have turned around with the approval of two major development applications, including one for a motel and retail complex in the central business district.
On Monday Bellingen Shire councillors voted in support of the complex after a long con- sultation process. The final approval was for a smaller version of the original and included specific conditions about the use of timber and heritage colouring in the facade.
The mayor, Cr Mark Troy, said the result was positive and resolved many community objections.
"Both these proposals are positive news and I believe they are a vote of confidence in Dorrigo at a time when the plateau is looking for expanded economic direction," Cr Troy said.
In his report to the council, senior planner Daniel Bennett noted that contrary to some submissions, the development was expected to have a postive impact on tourism, due to the availability of motel accommodation close to town services. The other approved proposal was for Willair Building Supplies in Raleigh to open a bulk goods and hardware store in what were previously potato processing and storage sheds.