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MRC looks to rezone Moama site

By Riverine Herald

MURRAY River Council is seeking the rezoning of land at the corner of Twenty Four Lane and Beer Road from primary production to general residential.

And while this could address Moama’s population boom, allowing for further housing development, nearby neighbours Rich River Golf Club are not entirely convinced.

MRC voted to request the rezoning from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment at its October ordinary meeting.

Council will also request minimum lot size be reduced from 120ha to 750 square metres.

But in a submission to council Rich River Golf Club chief executive Shane Gloury expressed concerns.

‘‘As an important tourism and recreational facility for the region, it is important that Rich River Golf Club remains an attractive, open space area and that the enjoyment of members and visitors is not compromised by high density urban development in the immediate vicinity,’’ he said in the submission.

‘‘Rich River Golf Club is overall supportive of this proposal to rezone the subject property to General Residential but believes that there should be an appropriate buffer zone between the adjoining property and the Rich River Golf Club (including the Fairways Estate) in order to preserve the amenity of the golf course and other sporting, tourism and recreational facilities.

‘‘Specifically we believe the trees planted along the boundary of the Fairways Estate should be retained and where the golf course abuts the allotment in question, adequate buffering to prevent errant golf balls entering housing lots should be allowed for to alleviate the need to erect unsightly fencing distracting from the natural aspects the golf course precinct now offers.’’

While the report said council would address ‘‘issues regarding compatibility with surrounding land uses’’, councillors were positive about the rezoning.

‘‘I think it’s a good project. Our towns are growing and we need to get this land tied up,’’ Cr Geoff Wise said.