Marina plans in pipeline

PLANS for a 115-berth marina on the Tweed River at Chinderah are set to spark a bureaucratic bunfight after Tweed Shire Council administrators yesterday delayed approving a vital fuel pipeline.

The administrators instead moved towards putting the latest plans for the marina, about half the size originally proposed, on public display for 28 days.

The move is set to be confirmed at their next meeting in two weeks, and could delay government approval of the marina for months.

But council officers later suggested it was possible the NSW government could override the council - and the administrators it appointed - by approving the pipeline itself.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, which is handling planning for the project, had asked the council to provide conditions for approving the pipeline under Chinderah Bay Drive which the council owns. It wanted a reply by Monday, August 15.

Chief engineer Mike Rayner said he understood NSW legislation allowed the government to make a final decision in cases where different government departments, agen- cies or a council could not agree on an approval.

But administrator Max Boyd said he doubted the government did have such a power over a council-owned road and criticised the department for "putting pressure" on the council.

He said people were concerned about the impact the development would have on flooding and the public should at least see the latest plans.

Chief administrator Garry Payne said he and his colleagues had a "general philosophy to give everything as much public exposure as we possibly can".

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