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February 27, 2021

Fight to protect Cabarita South

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A photo of Cabarita South beach superimposed with what the proposed caravan park would look like.
A photo of Cabarita South beach superimposed with what the proposed caravan park would look like.

The newly elected executive for Cabarita Beach/Bogangar Residents’ Association (CBBRA) has confirmed its main focus this year is to protect the Cabarita South banksia forest from being flattened into a large and unsightly series of cement slabs called a tourist park.

Association president Neil Moores said the residents do not want a caravan park changing the character of the foreshore in the south. They are not opposed to environmentally friendly development but this project is just wanton destruction of a natural asset.

In February residents became concerned on discovering an ecological consultant from Ballina investigating the site.

While this survey has noted the widespread presence of the endangered ecological community of Callitris pines, the Geodorum densiflorum (pink nodding orchid currently in flower) and the feeding Black Glossies they would be unable to find the presence of the microbats that feed on the banksia blossom because it is not the season.

The results of this survey CBBRA believe will be reported to Richard Adams, head of the Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust.

NSW Lands Department have confirmed they have not commissioned the study.

Although Mr Adams has not communicated with us, despite two requests this year, we believe there are strong intentions to promote the idea of the caravan park at south Cabarita by using the information from this survey to claim they can work around the harm that would be caused to the environment.

Requests to examine the Bushfire Management Plan, which was alarmingly omitted from the 2010 plan, have been ignored.

Councillors, when asked, were unaware of this survey. At the recent AGM residents expressed their bewilderment. Assuming that the Trust has commissioned the study,  how could a Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust, the business arm of Tweed Shire Council,  spend ratepayer money without the trustees’ [councillors] approval?

Trevor Bird, a Bogangar resident, said councillors, as the ratepayers’ elected representatives and being the Reserve Trust’s trustees, have the responsibility to oversee the correct use of ratepayers’ money.

How can thousands of our dollars be spent without councillors’ knowledge?

Association vice president Terry Kane says it’s such a waste of money when coastal erosion is at its worst; the Kingscliff disaster is costing the ratepayers millions to fix and no one wants this along Cabarita’s beaches.

The voice of the people is loud but the Reserve Trust won’t listen. It looks like the association is going to have another big year.

Suzi Bourke
Cabarita Beach/Bogangar Residents’ Association

 

 


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