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August 3, 2021

Tweed council in thrall of developers

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I’m a pretty keen reader of the letters pages in our local papers.

I’ve become concerned about Tweed Council’s planners and wonder why the general manager doesn’t pull them into line.

Kingscliff’s three storeys is an important part of its attraction for everyone.  Why do they want to interfere with it?  Someone very powerful must want this.

All the councillors we elected knew about this long-standing desire.  Are all of them down there in Murwillumbah in the thrall of developers and real estate agents?

Let me tell them.  Visitors from the Gold Coast love coming here to relax and escape the mayhem up there.  Visitors from Byron Bay are escaping from traffic chaos and parking meters.  International tourists love the place.  To the rest of us it is home.

Council took a backward step with the one way.  The slide should not continue with tall buildings.  They’re whittling away our lifestyle and I can only believe it’s all because of short-term monetary gain for someone.

Ken (Stents) Nicholson, Kingscliff

PS  By the way, who on earth is running our local community association?  The silence is deafening.

 


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1 COMMENT

  1. As the General Manager of Tweed Shire Council I always welcome genuine and constructive feedback from the community on the Council’s activities and its performance in delivering the full range of its services.

    However, I cannot accept Mr Nicholson’s mischievous insinuation that Council planning staff are operating with unprecedented autonomy or, worse still, that they are colluding with some external benefactor of the conceptual increase in development heights that were recently exhibited as part of the draft Kingscliff Locality Plan process.

    It is important to recognise that the conceptual building heights, density and those other long-term development proposals/strategies advertised were the product of significant consultation with those groups mentioned, and it was the collective ‘ideas’ of those individuals, who attended two full days at an enquiry by design workshop, facilitated by a highly regarded independent architectural firm, that piloted the exhibition materials produced by the Council planners; information that is readily available on Council’s web site.

    The Council staff respect that the building height issue is a long-standing one and that many in the local community have fought long and hard over the last 30 years to ensure that development of the area is sympathetic with the communities values. That being said, what better way to validate or reaffirm the opinion or views of the present community than to do as we have done; to engage and consult, to have the face to face conversations as we have had with close to 2,000 visitors to the Kingscliff shopfront, and to listen and reflect on those broader views. I hear your concerns and we are here to talk those through with you, and anyone else, and I ask only of you to extend the same common courtesy and to remain factual in your public commentary.

    – Troy Green, General Manager – Tweed Shire Council

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