Businessman plans marina challenge
By PETER CATON
A LONE businessman might be the last hope for the campaigners against the Chinderah marina.
The community and business groups fighting the proposed 115-berth marina are still hoping for their day in court.
According to the combined community groups, an as yet unnamed local person plans to lodge a legal challenge against the State Government's approval of the project.
Chairperson of the groups Felicia Cecil said "that person would have all the support we possibly can give".
Ms Cecil said the combined groups were outraged the council's three administrators had voted last week not to take the NSW Government decision to the Land and Environment Court.
"But we always guessed that would be on. They were appointed by the government anyway," she said.
"The previous council, the sacked one, opposed the marina and the town planners opposed the marina.
"We felt the administrators had a duty to take care of our interests and go to the Land and Environment Court."
The combined groups secretary Clint Beisler said the council was showing further inconsistency by proposing to launch legal action against Byron Shire Council over a bund wall it claimed was worsening flooding on the southern boundary of the shire.
"They are proposing to get into legal action to protect cane farmers at one end of the shire and not at the other end," he said.
"We also want to know why the decision was made in private. We don't believe the administrators have followed due process".
President of the Tweed Cane Growers Association Graham Martin said farmers were bitterly disappointed with the administrators and felt the marina in the planned location at Chinderah "can do nothing but harm".
Last week acting council general manager Mike Rayner said the council's role was "one of complementing the statutory process" and it should not become an "occasional objector". He said "objectors to this or any other State Government approval continue to have a separate right of appeal".