Meeting key to marina fight


TWEED Shire Council's administrators will need to hold a special emergency meeting if they are to agree to public calls to fight NSW government approval of a $4 million marina at Chinderah.

Residents' groups, businesses and canefarmers this week called on the administrators to fight the government decision in court.

Objectors have been given 28 days from April 19 to lodge a challenge in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

That puts the deadline at May 17, but the next council meeting is not due to be held until May 23.

Executive assistant to the administrators Genevieve Slat- tery yesterday confirmed that a special meeting would need to be held if any decision was to be made to go ahead with a legal challenge.

But she said that would depend on legal advice expected to be received yesterday afternoon and privately considered by the administrators at some time next week.

She said no meeting would be necessary if the administrators did not wish to pursue legal action.

Late last month NSW Department of Planning director general Sam Haddad confirmed approval was given to a "scaled-back proposal" to expand a planned 29-berth marina at Chinderah which was originally approved by the council six years ago.

The new approval allows 115 berths as opposed to developer's earlier hopes for 228 berths.

All sides of politics as well as farmers, business people and residents both downstream and upstream from the project have condemned the government approval, alarmed that the marina could seriously increase flooding.

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