Byron Shire council threatens to fine woman for painting her Mullumbimby home lilac
A woman who lives in a hippie town in northern New South Wales campaigns to save her home after the local council threatened to punish her thousands for painting lilacs.
Nicole Haberecht, a Mullumbimby local, was ordered to repaint her house and said she risked a $ 3,000 fine after recently painting it, reports The Echo.
“Please show your support so that I can live in peace without the harassment of the Byron Shire Council,” wrote Ms. Haberecht in a Change.org petition to Save The Purplicious House.
Hundreds of people signed the petition, and a woman from the region described the council’s move as “a bureaucracy gone mad”.
“I just wanted a beautiful home that lifts everyone’s spirits and makes the community happy,” said Ms. Haberecht.
She said she would not pay the fine because she could not afford it.
“This was a very difficult time for me,” said Ms. Haberecht. “I feel quite annoyed because there are so many colorful apartments all over Mullumbimby.
“What negative effects do I have?”
She said she “didn’t meet a person who doesn’t like it,” and it cost her $ 10,000 to add the purple paint.
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“People stop me on the street and talk and notice how much they love it and how it makes everyone happy.”
She said neighbors had visited her home and offered their assistance on council issues.
The purple house is in a historic preservation area in Mullumbimby, where NSW and the local government are working to ensure that development does not lose the area’s cultural heritage. This can include external changes to the houses, including the colors.
After Ms. Haberecht painted the house, the Byron Shire Council commissioned her to repaint it – who said under the paint that it was not in accordance with DCP 2014 regulations on non-indigenous heritage.
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The Mayor of Byron Shire, Cr. Simon Richardson said he was with the homeowner. He made his thoughts known and commented on a message on Facebook.
“I support the owner,” said Richardson. “I’m sick of Erbe believing they paint something in horrible colors because they did it 100 years ago – the prettiest building in Mullum is the light pink – thank god the heritage police didn’t influence that.”
Since starting her petition, the Mullumbimby woman has received more than 200 signatures offering support.
“Your house and garden look beautiful. The bureaucracy has gone completely mad to impose fines and force them to change color, ”said Jocelyn Benner.
“It’s a nice house and a good color. The Byron Council should leave Nicole alone and focus on fixing potholes, ”wrote Chris Banaud.
“What a ridiculous rule! And surely BSC could spend their scarce resources on something constructive for a change, ”said Gordon Haynes.
“Tell the council where to move it!”