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Tweed’s chief planner wagging council tail

Tweed shire planning director Vince Connell’s comments on the Kingscliff Futures Plan recently are symptomatic of the Tweed Shire Council bureaucracy gone mad.
Blind Freddy can see that the executive tail is now wagging the council dog rendered pro-development by petty politics and absenteeism.
Contrary to Mr Connell’s claim, the Kingscliff community has not been consulted via the shopfront process; it has been presented with a Planning Department fait accompli on which it has then been requested to comment. Criticism is trivialised or rejected out of hand, while the very few who agree are lauded as the ‘majority’ view.
To claim that Ron Cooper has refused to supply the results of his independent Kingscliff survey is absolute nonsense.
He and others have quoted it ad-nauseum in many letters to local papers, it has been posted on the Our490.com website and quoted at length at the only public meeting on Kingscliff changes, the one-way conversion of Marine Parade.
A meeting, incidentally, which council refused to call and was subsequently organised by Mr Cooper himself. Mr Cooper was a member of the Kingscliff Locality Plan advisory panel until removed by council for undertaking what he considered a more transparent survey process.
For a Johnny-come-lately such as Mr Connell to associate himself with the attempted undermining of more than 30 years of sustained effort by Kingscliff residents, the Kingscliff Ratepayers Association and Tweed Shire Council itself, to maintain a three-storey height limit in the Marine Parade/CBD precinct beggars belief.
He would do well to remember it is the residents of Kingscliff who employ him and call the tune to which his office requires and pays him to sing.
Jeremy Cornford, Kingscliff

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