Progress too hard to tackle
By PETER CATON
FIVE neighbours east of Murwillumbah have jointly concluded you can't stop development.
With massive bulldozers carving out a huge new industrial estate from former rolling green hills the other side of Wardrop Valley Road, they've decided it's time to get out.
While others are fighting proposals to further expand the planned 56-lot Tweed Valley Enterprise Park, the property owners, including four families, have joined forces to get their best deal they can from developers.
"They can have it and we will move on," said resident and Murwillumbah shopkeeper Tony Ryder of his acreage home.
"At the end of the day, it's going to happen.
"If that's what the coun- cil has got in mind, and me being a business owner in the town, it has got to be good for the district."
Mr Ryder said rather than try to sell individually, the neighbours realised they may be better off selling as a group to a single buyer.
"We just came to the decision we don't want to sit there and have sheds pop up around us," he added.
The neighbours appointed Burringbar Real Estate to work with a single solicitor to sell the properties which jointly cover just over 10 hectares (25 acres).
Agent Stuart Cahill said it was unusual to "actually get five property owners to get together like this", but the decision provided an opportunity for a single buyer.
"The five neighbours have basically seen the massive development and feel they should move on," he said. "It's difficult having a rural residential area stuck in the middle of a future industrial development.
"They have decided to go with the flow instead of fighting it.
"Murwillumbah has got to expand. We need somewhere for our kids to work so they can stay in the area."
Mr Cahill said "several parties" had shown interest, including a major supermarket chain.