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Save Wallum now

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Gabriella Cohen in Bruns

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Cape Byron Distillery release world-first macadamia cask whisky

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Rebuilding communities from Lennox and Evans Head to Coraki and Woodburn

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Sweet and sour doughnuts

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Follow the Leda

Leda’s claims that an independent inquiry may be necessary into Tweed Shire Council’s planning processes have been rejected by Mayor Barry Longland.

Mr van Rij, Leda’s top honcho, said earlier this week an independent inquiry into the deficiencies exposed by his company may be necessary.

I’m with Reg on this. I think a thorough inquiry into all aspects of planning behind the King’s Forest and Cobaki Lakes, high-density mini-cities, is a good idea. Then we may see not only the deficiencies exposed by his company but the deficiencies of the company itself.

Chris Degenhardt (Tweed Shire resident)


Time for Leda-ship

What a pity; what a shame; what a missed opportunity. Leda has shown, by its predatory and aggressive attitude towards our landscape, natural resources and community, that it is unable to understand the beauty and integrity of the Caldera context.

Bob Ell and Reg van Rij seem to prefer confrontation to cooperation in their fundamental attitude towards developing their/our greenfield sites into human settlements appropriate for this unique bio-region in 2011.

The contempt for our inherent/inherited landforms and vegetation and the bullyboy attitude towards our community is weird and delinquent considering the commercial reality that the company must ultimately sell these sterile bits of dirt to the public for large sums of money.

There is a softer, more ecologically sustainable and cooperative way where natural values and ecosystems are honoured and nurtured.

Even if Leda have a virtual monopoly on new greenfield residential development, it should still make economic and ecological sense to tread softly and sympathetically rather than rape, scrape, burn and bulldoze.

Adversarial abuse of the community is just as senseless as making war on the landscape.

Hop E Hopkins

Co-ordinator, Caldera Environment Centre

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