Council says no to public land sale

THE CONTROVERSIAL 290 square metre pocket of Gordon Park will not be sold, following what was a tight (5:4) vote by Nambucca Shire councillors at their meeting last week.

Cr Kim MacDonald, who was absent from the previous meeting when a vote was sought, said she was happy with the result.

“I think everyone felt strongly about this issue, but for me, I don’t think councillors should support the sale of public land,” Cr MacDonald said.

“I think this decision is in the public interest.”

She said the council did offer the resident, Kelli Leckie, the option of a lease or licence for the period of time needed to make the repairs to the collapsed retaining wall which has been underpinning this debate for the last three years, but the offer was rejected.

* For the full story and Mrs Leckie's response see this week's Guardian - out tomorrow