The Oasis Community Association president John Wray and wife Pam Wray with Dawn Walker (center) in front of the proposed container facility.
The Oasis Community Association president John Wray and wife Pam Wray with Dawn Walker (center) in front of the proposed container facility. Contributed

Greens back opposition to shipping container facility

THE Oasis community has found another ally in the battle to stop a shipping container storage facility being approved for a site directly next to their homes.

Federal Greens candidate Dawn Walker said she understood the concerns of residents in the Tweed Heads South residential area.

"These residents have had their lives turned upside down overnight by the proposal for a light industrial facility to be built virtually in their backyard," Ms Walker said.

"I share the concerns these resident's have about the adverse impact on their property values, visual amenity and quiet lifestyle.

"Many locals would be distressed to wake up one day and find their homes boxed in by over 60 shipping containers and all the accompanying truck noise."

Ms Walker said the issue exemplified issues faced by a variety of Tweed Heads residents, who value a quiet lifestyle but are against inappropriate developments threatening their way of life.

"I think we need to work at getting the balance right and put people first," Ms Walker said.

"These residents are not opposed to development of the site, but they should be able to expect that the development is not at the expense of their life savings, health and quality of life."

The Oasis is comprised of 252 homes as well as the Raffles Assisted Aged Care facility; its premises are eight metres away from the proposed 62 container facility located on Greenway Drive, Tweed Heads South.

Following the completion of the submission period, Tweed Shire Council will review all submissions and make an assessment and determination of the DA.

My Daily News reported on The Oasis resident's plight in print and online on May 18.

At the time, Tweed Shire Council said the Development Application for the container facility would be assessed on May 30 after public submissions were reviewed.



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