KATIE Milne is calling on artists like Gayle Turner, right, to help raise funds to fight the planned Chinderah marina. D98779
KATIE Milne is calling on artists like Gayle Turner, right, to help raise funds to fight the planned Chinderah marina. D98779

Artists help marina fight

By PETER CATON

A TWEED resident who is taking on the NSW Government and the developers of a controversial marina in court is calling on artists and art lovers to help her out.

Katie Milne, of Fingal, has lodged an appeal with the Land and Environment Court against the proposed 115-berth marina approved by the government at Chinderah.

But she expects legal assistance to be expensive and with friends has organised a money-raiser this weekend.

A fundraising art festival and auction is to be held on the Chinderah riverbank which would be affected by the marina, with artists painting the vista from the bank which includes a view of Mt Warning.

The artworks will be sold at auction from 2pm Sunday.

On top of that about 40 organisations have already donated prizes to further help the fundraising effort.

Ms Milne said the vista from the Chinderah riverbank was simply "amazing".

As for her appeal against the State Government, she said she was prepared to argue that the approval of the marina was not in the public interest.

"We have had legal advice to confirm that we have a case but it will just be up to the level of support shown this weekend to determine how much expert assistance we can buy," she added.

The court has advised Ms Milne a callover date for the appeal has been set for July 3 when a further hearing date is likely to be arranged.



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