Community meeting to decide how to deal with developer’s push to build on floodplain

The Rileys Hill Road site was underwater during the 2022 floods. Photo: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

The development application for 59 Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater was refused by Richmond Valley Council in September last year.

Adrill & Payne had lodged a DA for 60 blocks, with potential for several units on each block, in a paddock on Rileys Hill Road that was flooded in 2022.

Now an appeal has been lodged, not by Adrill & Payne but by Broadwater Riley Pty Ltd – a company set up in December 2020.

A community meeting is being held at the Broadwater Hall at 6pm on Monday, April 8 to update residents about the appeal.

There will be a Conciliation Conference held at 10:30am on Wednesday, May 15 at the site as part of the appeal.

This is the site where the DA was refused.

The meeting will identify six speakers who will represent the community at the Conciliation Conference.

Only the nominated speakers will be able to make verbal submissions. Even though the conference is held on site, it is still a formal court hearing.

There have been more than 100 submissions from the community against the development.

A letter from the solicitors representing Richmond Valley Council in the Land and Environment Court outlined the process and actions the community needs to take.

Everyone who previously made a submission should have received a copy of this letter by email or post.

Anyone who didn’t receive a letter can contact James Kingston on 0403 975 787.

Any further submissions referencing new facts can be emailed to

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