Fundraiser to fight TSC

AT 86, Save Hastings Point campaigner Vic Brill still has a lot of fight in him. The pensioner, who has called the tiny coastal village home for the past eight years, has been doorknocking along with other protestors in a bid to stop the over-development of Hastings Point. "I've been involved with the campaign since the start," Mr Brill said. "I have taken around petitions and so far the response has been encouraging. "The people have been so supportive. We don't want this area to become another Gold Coast." Yesterday, Mr Brill joined other residents and protestors at the Hastings Point barbecue area for a day of fundraising. The event, which included guided tours of the wetlands, rainforest and rocky shores, was held to raise money for the impending court case, which will see protestors square up against the Tweed Shire Council. Garry Thorpe, one of the organisers of yesterday's rally, said residents would continue to fight for a two-storey height limit in their village and were in for the "long haul". "We will take this as far as we have to," Mr Thorpe said. "That's why we have held a fund-%raiser to cover the costs of a court challenge. "It's a shame it has to come to this. I just hope council is now% listening to residents." Residents have been trying to curb development in Hastings Point for 30 years, but their latest battle is proving their toughest yet. But Save Hastings Point campaigners, who are battling against a proposed $25 million aged care resort, are ready for their "David and Goliath" style legal battle. "Hastings Point is the smallest village on the Tweed Coast and it should be protected," Mr Thorpe said. "There are environmental factors that the planners don't seem to have taken into account." "We believe the Tweed Shire Council is misrepresenting parts of the Far North Coast regional strategy to get development through and are acting on bad information from their planning committee." While the Council could not be contacted yesterday, earlier this month it was revealed they had% imposed a ban on any new development approvals for Hastings Point until a consultant's report on building heights and densities could be finalised. The report, which is expected to be finished by the end of the year, will form part of a review of the Tweed Shire Local Environment Plan, a key planning instrument for directing future growth on the Tweed.

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