Rally to fight facility
By LUIS FELIU
RESIDENTS who fear a controversial 115-berth marina planned for Chinderah will worsen flood and pollution impacts and change the character of the riverside village will stage a protest rally tomorrow.
The rally aims to deliver a strong message to NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor whose department is currently considering the project.
A public meeting at Cudgen Leagues Club last week overwhelmingly rejected the scaleddown plans for the marina, which was originally proposed as a 257-berth facility.
Ian Swarts, project manager for Western Australian-based Rivercott Pty Ltd, who are proposing the marina, told the meeting anything smaller than 115 berths would be unviable for his company.
Rally organiser Katie Milne said 619 submissions were made against the project, thousands of people had signed a petition against it, and an initial protest rally had drawn over 200 people including members of 22 community organisations opposed to any marina larger than 29 berths.
Ms Milne said the large scale of the marina was totally out of keeping with the low-key character of the village and "will completely dominate the community, the recreational activities, the existing built environment and the skyline".
The marina, Ms Milne said, would not serve the needs of local people and would take away resources not only from the community, but from the whole of the Tweed.
"There are very few safe or accessible swimming spots along the Tweed River...this marina will prevent the only safe river swimming access in Chinderah," she said.
The rally will assemble at 3pm at the river foreshore opposite Chinderah Newsagency.