I have tried to understand the reasoning behind those in the Ewingsdale community who do not want anything to change but I am lost as to why a village planned to house our senior citizens is threatening to their present lifestyle.
Many in this shire have ageing parents who they have had to house at the Tweed or Ballina because of the dire shortage of suitable accommodation for them. Many of those protesting must also have ageing parents. Surely you would like to have them close to you and in a safe place where they can be independent – or not – according to their changing health needs.
How can this proposed seniors village be deemed to be destroying the gateway to our town when the first thing you see is the massive holding tanks for the cement works, a huge electricity depot, a cheese factory tourist farm, ambulance station and soon a major regional hospital, all bordered by the Pacific Highway? I think it would be drawing a long bow to say this proposal will destroy the gateway to our town.
As for adding to the traffic chaos: are you seriously saying that a couple of hundred senior citizens, most of whom will be using public transport, probably their own shuttle buses, can possibly be blamed for adding to the traffic already generated by 1.5M tourists that create some 28,000 traffic movements a week?
I am not sure if Ewingsdale residents realise how much traffic noise from this road will be reduced by adding building structures and buffer zones between them. The value of your homes will increase; less traffic noise and quiet neighbours.
Even though I voted on Thursday for an extension of time to allow further consultation, I am yet to be convinced that this is not a superb site for our seniors. This village will provide an affordable/achievable, indeed desirable place for them to live. I hope the community will now come together to work in harmony combining our independent skills to get the best outcome for all.
Cr Rose Wanchap, Byron Bay