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Lot 490 was owned by the people of NSW as Crown Land. Without any consultation with us, the NSW government changed the classification of this land to Government Property. 
Now they can simply sell it to the highest bidder, perhaps a large donor to the party.

With the development of Kings Forest and West Kingscliff, 18,000 additional residents will live within an eight-kilometre radius of Lot 490. That’s the total number of people now living on the Tweed Coast, Fingal to Pottsville.

Without the recreation capacity that Lot 490 can provide, every weekend will be like Christmas in Kingscliff, Salt, Casuarina and Bogangar, no parking spaces and no room in existing public parks for picnics and get-togethers.

Council has formally resolved to keep Lot 490 for public parkland should they be given control of it. 

No matter how valuable this land is for the amenity of residents or as an attraction for visitors, it will never be a direct revenue source for Council. 

Council should not have to compete with developers on the open market for this land just to prop up the government’s coffers.

With two of the largest parcels of land on the east coast of Australia, Cobaki and Kings Forest, in the process of approval, Tweed Shire will provide jobs for years to come. 

The resulting growth in rate revenue should also provide for the staged development of the Lot 490 parkland.

We have the right to expect the state government, advised by our local member Geoff Provest to respond to the needs of residents and visitors in a fast growing Tweed. 

The 10,500 people who have so far signed the Save Our Lot 490 petition have shown foresight that seems to be sadly lacking the part of our state government.

The government’s contempt for the 10,500 petitioners could easily lead to their loss of this seat at the next state election.

Ron Cooper, Kingscliff

 


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