Hastings locals want to be heard

HASTINGS Point residents this week called on Tweed Shire Council to extend consultation on future plans for the seaside village. In a petition delivered to council on Thursday, residents are asking for "rigorous" consultation on development issues affecting the village and more community input on a locality plan for the area. Save Hastings Point leader Julie Boyd said the petition came in response to what the community felt was "very specific and very limited" consultation by council. "We want council to sit down with the community and discuss what is appropriate for the community," she said. "We need proper consultation, not just information." Ms Boyd claims the group, which is fighting the introduction of three-storey height limits, had been deliberately excluded from consultations, most recently from a workshop on design issues last month, to which she says only selected residents were invited. Council executive officer Genevieve Slattery denied the community was locked out of consultations. "We've had an initial workshop which I understand was very successful and another one is planned early in the new year. People in the community were invited and have not been excluded," she said. She said council would continue to work with the community in accordance with its obligations in the development of a locality plan. "Everyone will be able to make a submission (once the plan goes on display) and all submissions will be considered on their merits," Ms Slattery said. Council imposed a moratorium on development in Hastings Point earlier this year to allow further investigation following community outcry over proposed changes to height limits. Save Hastings Point is pushing for the retention of a two-storey height limit, identical to current zoning in Kingscliff and Pottsville, saying a three-storey limit would destroy the village's amenity. Court action instigated by the group challenging development%approvals at Hastings Point gets%under way in February.



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