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I refer to the article in Echonetdaily about the Cumbalum rezoning and the article ‘Cumbalum Plan Scrutiny’, Northern Star March 12.

In Australia, there is no such thing as mandatory birth control to slow the reproductive rate of the human race. Little girls are not required to be placed in orphanages, as they are in China. In Australia, little girls live at home with mum and dad in a family environment. They don’t end up as a slave workforce producing computer parts, clothing or whitegoods for people in foreign lands. In Australia the government gives out subsidies for new babies, regardless of what sex they are. Those little babies eventually grow into adults and need a place to call home.

The Cumbalum rezoning is about housing the future population of Australia and it could be somewhere for your kids to live, whether they are your sons or daughters when they too become parents. These houses will appear over the next 20 or 30 years, not overnight as some of the alarmists would have you believe.

The coastal area between Coffs Harbour and Hervey Bay has been identified by government planners as the place to put the future population. The Cumbalum Plan is a natural progression of development, separated from Lennox Head by agricultural land and the Ballina Nature Reserve.

About 10 years ago an English Regional Planning Panel approved 500,000 residential blocks in East Anglia in one decision-making process. Yes, half a million new houses on East Anglia’s farmland! This statistic makes the Cumbalum rezoning look like a tiny hamlet by comparison. That rezoning decision was made to enable a planned development for the future population.

The Cumbalum Plan is something that has been on the horizon for 20 years. The developers have been given the council go-ahead over many years and asked to complete extensive rezoning studies at enormous expense. They have had to ‘do it right’ to get this far and are now at final exhibition stage prior to rezoning for the future population. There will be affordable housing in the Cumbalum Plan. It may be your kids who are looking for somewhere to live in a few years’ time. Think of the positives – why this new housing estate is needed – not about the negatives being put out by the alarmists.

Margaret Howes, Empire Vale


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