Federal Greens candidate Dawn Walker has thrown her weight behind a group of Tweed Heads residents who fear their community and lifestyle are about to be threatened by the building of a shipping container facility adjacent to their homes.
The Oasis, comprising around 250 houses and an aged care facility in Tweed Heads South, could soon be overshadowed by a proposed 62-container facility on Greenway Drive if Tweed Shire Council approves the development.
While accepting that the decision is council’s to make, Ms Walker said the residents approached her for support and she recognised the validity of their concerns.
‘These residents have had their lives turned upside down overnight by the proposal for a light industrial facility to be built virtually in their backyard. I share the concerns these residents have about the adverse impact on their property values, visual amenity and quiet lifestyle,’ she said.
‘Many locals would be distressed to wake up one day and find their homes boxed in by over 60 shipping containers and all the accompanying truck noise,’ she added.
Asked by Echonetdaily what she could potentially do as a federal member on the issue, Ms Walker responded, ‘I see my role in this as being close to the communities and these issues pull out fundamentals that can be utilised at a federal level.
‘They point to systemic changes and actions that can be taken at a federal level to ensure we get the balance right in the northern rivers.
‘It’s about the federal government having an overarching involvement in the big issues we face: ensuring natural environment and those who are vulnerable in the community are protected. About not devolving those sorts of powers to the states, as was proposed earlier in the year with environmental laws. And also ensuring that when budget decisions are made they ensure the vulnerable in the community are protected.
‘There are the people who need to be supported and have their voices heard. You need people in politics who understand them.’