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Kingscliff’s three-storey limit under threat

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Tweed council’s director of planning, Vince Connell, has decided to give me a good kicking as a distraction from the serious flaws in his Kingscliff Locality Plan. He has made unsubstantiated assertions.

It’s not about me Mr Connell.

It’s about residents who are being deceived by council’s flawed consultation practices – omitting vital information and presenting only information favourable to your preferred outcome.

It’s about a bureaucracy that refuses to acknowledge that residents are legitimate stakeholders in determining the Tweed’s future.

It’s about the bureaucracy’s arrogant ‘we-know-what’s-best-for-you’ mindset that prevails in most council decisions.

It’s about the use of status and position to ride roughshod over residents.

You pat yourself on the back for returning Marine Parade to three storeys.  That’s what it is now.  And we are supposed to be thankful and accept four, five and six storeys elsewhere?

It’s a joke. You are treating residents with contempt.

Mr Connell has clearly ignored the 1,250 strong Our 490 survey. It revealed a 97 per cent support for the three-storey limit. His own survey although only a quarter the size, re-enforced the Our 490 findings.

By the way, Mr Connell’s allegation that I wouldn’t release our survey to council is untrue. I took the survey forms and the spread sheets of the results down to council. A planner photo copied the spread sheets and was able to peruse the completed forms.

These results were not even mentioned in the documents available at the shopfront displays. The whole 715 people who attended the shopfront displays were denied this information. They were denied information about increased traffic congestion and increased parking shortage.

Mr Connell, you have chosen to ignore Kingscliff’s high ranking in the top ten list for residents and visitors and have set about re-shaping the place to your tastes. The misuse of your status to force through the acceptance of your ideas is simply part of the ‘we-know-what’s-best-for-you’ arrogance.

Your rejection of the thirty-year battle to stop the march of the Gold Coast into the Tweed has resulted in the corruption of consultation best practice and shows little respect for the democratic process.

Ron Cooper, Convenor our 490,  Kingscliff

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  1. If Mr. Connell favours Gold Coast style developments he should apply to be on their council. The majority of residents in the Tweed have for years been vocal of not wanting to be an extension of the Gold Coast with high rise buildings, especially in Kingscliff and other coastal villages. The natural environment and idyllic setting gives the people of the Tweed the opportunity to have growth that suits the natural environment. Not having some pencil pusher delegate how the Tweed is going to look. The people want appropriate growth. Not growth for growths sake. Keep the density in Tweed Heads where it belongs. Not in rural coastal villages. People are fed up with local and state governments bullying communities into inappropriate developments they don’t want like CSG and King’s Forest. It didn’t work with CSG and people are getting less and less patient with those we elect to do the will of the community. It would be good if governments would start doing what communities want instead of what their developer mates want.

  2. Yes I agree with Ron Cooper, Tweed Council stop trying to turn beautiful Kingscliff into another suburb of the Gold Coast, visitors and residents come to this place because it is not another Surfers Paradise, please listen to what the community want, not what you the Tweed Council think is the way of the future for Kingscliff. People who live and visit the area have a right to have their idea’s heard and taken into account.

  3. That is why Kingscliff is a piece of paradise – it doesn’t look like the Gold Coast. Please don’t destroy the lovely village we have. That is why so many visitors come to the area. Casuarina was not meant to have any Gold Coast style development either. That is what the sales talk was when we purchased our land back in 2001. Now we have Cotton Beach. I don’t of anyone who lives in Kingscliff who thinks 5-6 storeys is a great idea. Why are all the caravan parks around the Tweed coast downsizing as well?


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