Mullaway pair fight aged-care plan

A GROUP of Mullaway residents is maintaining its opposition to a proposal to build an aged-care facility in the village north of Woolgoolga.

Led by Graeme and Echah Wright, a number of residents have started a letter-writing campaign to the NSW Department of Planning and the Coffs Harbour City Council in the wake of a revised proposal being submitted for approval.

The Wrights have letterboxed the entire Mullaway community with an information pamphlet titled, ‘Need or Greed’.

Their concerns remain the same to each of the proposals submitted by Darkum Road Pty Ltd, which is part-owned by former politician John Hannaford.

They are worried about access to the facility from, Darkum Road; road safety issues relating to increased traffic near the school; environmental concerns and the lack of infrastructure in the area to sustain the new residents and employees.

The Mullaway village has only one shop, limited public transport and no medical facilities for the residents of the proposed aged-care facility.

“The concept of building high-density housing on land zoned as rural for the profit of developers and not the benefit of Mullaway/Arrawarra has not changed,” the letter states.

“Residents of Mullaway and Arrawarra who are concerned with John Hannaford’s proposed further attempt at development of the Mullaway/Arrawarra area involving major dwelling increases, major traffic increases and an end to the rural lifestyle of the area as we know it, should again urgently put their concerns in writing to both the NSW Department of Planning and the Coffs Harbour Council.”

Darkum Road Pty Ltd recently announced plans had been submitted to the Department of Planning for a site compatibility certificate for an 80-room aged-care facility costing approximately $11.7 million.



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