Plan could create profits

MONEY could really grow on trees under a plan put to Tweed Shire Council by a nature-loving Tyalgum landowner.

Boormans Road resident Susi Hearder this week pleaded with Council to part with nearly $2 million to buy a heavily forested 405 hectare (1000 acre) property next to her own in the foothills of the Border Ranges.

She urged the councillors to then follow her example of having a legal covenant placed over her own property, providing it with ongoing environmental protection no matter who the future owner is. According to Ms Hearder, the property could then be sold at a later date for a profit.

“Brisbane City Council has been doing this and making some big profits,” she told the councillors during a community access session on Thursday. “I’m asking Council to set up some sort of acquisition fund for properties of environment significance.”

Ms Hearder said such a fund was important in view of the new draft Local Environment Plan, which would remove protection from thousands of hectares of bushland.



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