Tweed fumes over creek cover-up
“IT'S all for a few developer's dollars,” said Chinderah retiree Lynda Mack as she voiced her disgust at plans to concrete a tidal creek behind her home.
“How can they just take out a waterway that's been there forever?
“It's such a prolific fish-breeding area. You throw in a bit of food and the water is boiling with shoal after shoal of all sorts of little fish.”
Mrs Mack and others plan to show their revulsion at Tweed Shire Council's approval of plans to replace the creek through Chinderah with concrete pipes at a public protest nearby on Sunday, June 20.
Protests against the development plans, given council's green light without consulting with residents of three adjacent caravan parks, have already met with an unexpected reaction from Tweed councillors.
Last month Greens Party councillor Katie Milne was thrown off the council's Aboriginal Advisory Committee by other councillors after she alerted Aboriginal representatives who were horrified.
The committee subsequently asked the council to call on the State Government to protect the creek. Its request was vetoed by senior council officers who said it would be inappropriate to take any action outside the “planning process”.
Mrs Mack hoped hundreds of Tweed residents would turn up to the protest, including those living in three Chinderah caravan parks backing onto a grass strip which is an unmade section of Ozone Street beside the creek.
She said the developer of four industrial blocks of land, which would have alternative access other than Ozone Street, wanted to build 630 metres of unmade road. Because the grass strip was not wide enough, the creek would be replaced with underground pipes.
She added the NSW Department of Primary Industries was wrongly told by council staff that the waterway was man-made.
“I've got the 1897 hand-drawn survey map and it's on that,” she said.
“It is not man-made.”