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May 8, 2021

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Bob Caine, Royal Pacific Tourist Retreat & Caravan Park, Chinderah

Dear Premier,

You are aware MLC Duncan Gay in a letter to MP Geoff Provest has clearly stated there will be a northbound truckstop at Chinderah to complement the existing southbound one.

The state government is the overriding consent authority and the state has already used it powers as the overriding consent authority to stop council approving Melaleuca Station being developed as a northbound truckstop.

The land behind our park is the only site we are aware of that falls within the requirements of the S117 direction. Could you please inform us – apart from the land behind our park is there is another site for a northbound truckstop around Chinderah that is within the requirements of the S117 direction?

Is the government going to change the law so the requirements of the S117 direction will not apply for a northbound truckstop at Chinderah?

This is of great concern to us to as a small business to be forced to go broke by state government developing state land.

Instead of you and your ministers hiding behind the false statement that council is the consent authority. When the state has already intervened and stopped council approving a northbound service centre at Melaleuca using the S117 as the reason making the state land be the prime position (is that insider trading?).

We would like to know will the government do the right thing by our small business and be upfront and negotiate to buy the park instead of going behind the back door and forcing us to go broke!

You can then have council run it along with the other seven state-owned parks that council run.

We request an undertaking from you the premier that you will not use state-significant development or the Pacific Highway upgrade program, or your powers as the overriding consent authority, to allow the development of a truckstop/service centre on the state land behind our park – that will send our small business broke.


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