Subdivision proposal raises ire
By PETER CATON
FRUSTRATED homeowners living on the "roof of the coast" near the Terranora golf club are preparing for a long battle against a developer's plans to turn part of the course into a housing estate.
Residents packed Tweed Shire Council's public gallery on Tuesday afternoon to protest against the plans and call on council administrators to reject the development.
Yesterday spokesman John Chesher said the homeowners were "manning the battlements" for a long fight against the estate where developer Godfrey Mantle had previously proposed an international golf course and resort to be known as St Michael's.
The residents won the support of the administrators to investigate drainage problems and alleged illegal clearing of trees on the golf course.
Some made emotional pleas from the gallery for the administrators to stop stormwater gushing off recently cleared areas of the golf course onto their properties.
They said insurance companies had now refused to cover them for damage from the stormwater and they feared drainage problems would be worse if the housing subdivision was approved.
Mr Chesher said a rezoning of the land in 1990 had been done secretly without the knowledge of residents, many of whom bought their homes to be close to a golf course.
He said said a large number of trees had been removed from the golf course and some, he added, were protected species.
Council's chief planner Noel Hodges said the golf course owners had been issued with letters to show cause why they should not be prosecuted over the clearing.