Club saddles up for pond fight
TWEED Heads Pony Club fears a Tugun bypass waste water settlement pond will infringe on land used for riding and disrupt major events.
Club president Robert Corbutt yesterday said talks with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and the Queensland Main Roads Department had failed to force a change of mind over the pond location.
He said the 40m x 117m settlement pond was one of five to be built along the length of the bypass, but the only one not sited immediately alongside the new road.
Mr Corbutt said the pony club land, owned by the NSW government, had been used for horses for about 40 years, and club members were concerned that pollutants from the pond might seep into paddocks. He said car parking, agistment, dressage and gymkhanas would be disrupted by the pond being sited at "right angles" to the bypass.
"We want to negotiate to find a suitable place for the settlement pond," Mr Corbutt said.
"Where they want it to go at the moment will severely restrict us."
He said the pony club would certainly consider seeking compensation for the loss of the land and disruption of the club's activities.
Mr Corbutt also said many trees would be lost as a result of the bypass works, and residents would face noise disturbances.