Residents fear development
RESIDENTS in the quiet, semi-rural district of Kielvale, east of Murwillumbah, have stepped up a campaign against planned housing development they fear will turn the area into a suburb.
They have moved to oppose plans by a developer to establish a sales office even before Tweed Shire Council has granted approval for a planned housing estate.
The sales office would promote land in a planned housing estate which would more than double the size of the current settlement on slopes of the Condong Range adjacent to canefields.
Spokesman Philip O'Neill said yesterday residents had been taken aback to learn a development application for the sales office could be processed although the estate had not yet been given approval.
Plans for the sales office in Wulfs Lane have been advertised with a deadline for objections closing on Thursday.
Residents have been fighting against the proposed housing estate since early this year when plans became public, arguing the small urban house blocks will destroy the existing character of their small rural settlement.
They are also furious that the development proposal suggests a 25-metre buffer zone between an adjacent canefield and housing to protect from pesticide spray drift and fire hazards.
Half of the buffer, they say, would actually pass through the backyards of 28 homes preventing the future owners from even erecting back fences.
They have enlisted the support of the canefarmers and owners of the Condong Sugar Mill, the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative, which negotiated a 60-metre buffer zone at the Seabreeze housing estate near Pottsville.