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A letter to Tweed Shire Council general manager Troy Green on the issue of the Black Rocks protest on Sunday:

Dear Troy,

In light of the following two legal issues that have come to our attention, can you please once again address why this convoy is being allowed to go ahead?

• The access road is zoned 7(l) Environmental Protection Zone (not community land) so what legislation allows convoys to drive through an EPZ?

• Who authorised the Men’s Shed to have a key to open up the boom gate at the sports field entrance? Pottsville and District Men’s Shed have now conducted two meetings on the field, with their cars parked there. So they must have a key to the boom gate. If so, who authorised them to have it when they don’t have a licence yet?

We anxiously await your reply before Sunday.

Lori Scinto, Pottsville

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  1. Lori

    Thanks for your further enquiry.

    • The access road, sports fields and surrounding bushland are all community land. Community land is a classification under the local government act and is not related to the LEP zoning. While the access road does run through 7(l) land, it is an approved access road and I believe a road related area under the roads Act in NSW. There is no issue with vehicles and related activities using the access road

    • PDMS were provided a key to the gate as they have Development Consent and require access to undertake investigations and the like related to construction of the facility. It is not unusual practice to provide access keys to authorised users of sports fields to allow access for various activities.

    Subsequent to my previous email, Council has received more information about the proposed event from the organisers. While they are using the term convoy this is felt to be a little misleading. We don’t expect a large number of vehicles travelling in a protest manner.

    The details are as follows:
    • 9.30 to 12.00 Sunday 26 Feb 2017
    • The event is described as:
    Pottsville Community members are undertaking a convoy of support in response to their inability to utilise the Black Rocks Sports Field freely and without harassment, and in support of the Pottsville & District Men’s Shed relocation top the Black Rocks Sports Field

    It is a peaceful gathering, not a rally/protest as some have portrayed. Once at the field the Lions Club are hosting a free bbq with products donated by local businesses. That is the only activity planned. There will be no speakers, music entertainment or celebratory festivities.

    Some participants will participate in cars due to their age and mobility. Car pooling is being recommended so as to minimise the traffic along the route. Others are walking.




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