Council gripes to get airing



TWEED Heads resident Vivienne Harris and her husband moved to the area for a quiet lifestyle but have become alarmed at the increasing number of high rise buildings.

Their alarm has prompted Mrs Harris to lodge a submission about the development to the Public Inquiry into Tweed Shire Council which heads up several hundred others.

Mrs Harris has told Commissioner, Professor Maurice Daly the increasing number of high rises presents "simply a continuation of the concrete high rise jungle of the Gold Coast".

So far 68 of the submissions on issues ranging from development to the election process and the salary increases of Council General Manager Dr John Griffin have been listed in files available for public inspection at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah public libraries.

However, about half the submissions have not been published on the order of Prof Daly.

Among those published are concerns about a ratepayer funded trip to an art exhibition in Sydney by Cr Lynne Beck, concern about approval of a carport for Dr Griffin and dissatisfaction with Council's handling of the proposed sewering of Burringbar.

The Council election process and developer donations to the campaign are raised by a number of people along with the proposed sale of public land at Cabarita Beach and handling of development for public land south of Kingscliff known as Lot 490.

Gales Projects director Dr Stephen Segal whose company owns land around Kingscliff and has proposed a district shopping centre on the site of the current sewage treatment plant has lodged a lengthy submission which alleges "a conspiracy to prevent proper planning".

Other issues raised by shire residents include the controversial approval of an industrial estate at Wardrop Valley, east of Murwillumbah, development of the long-stalled 1920's Seaside City subdivision and ski-ing on the Tweed River.

Inquiry assistant Katrina Annis-Brown said possibly several hundred submissions had been received but they had not yet been counted.

She said some were not being published if it was considered they did not relate to the terms of reference of the inquiry.

She said all those considered relevant would be published before public hearings resume on February 16.



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