Greens would stop planned project
THE leading Greens Party candidate for the NSW Upper House in the upcoming State election says the only way to put a stop a controversial 70-lot subdivision at Hastings Point could be to give the Greens the balance of power.
David Shoebridge, who inspected the subdivision site while on the Tweed Coast last week, says the Greens, if given the bal- ance of power in the NSW Upper House, will insist on an independent planning commission to look at such projects.
During his visit, , accompanied by Greens Party candidate for the seat of Tweed Andrea Vickers, Mr Shoebridge met residents of Hastings Point fighting a controversial 70-lot subdivision in a flood-prone area beside Christies Creek.
He said the proposed caravan park site “was one of a number up and down the coast which are being pushed for inappropriate development by a cash-hungry government”.
“It's clearly got significant values to the community in its current state.
“It's a vegetative buffer between the coast and any development behind it,” Mr Shoebridge said.
“It is a remarkably short-sighted approach by the council.”
Mr Shoebridge said the planned Hasting Point subdivision mirrored another on flood-prone land at Coffs Harbour which was recently approved by the NSW Minister for Planning Tony Kelly under special ministerial planning powers.
The Greens want that taken over by an independent planning commission.
“It's incomprehensible you would put a 70-lot subdivision smack in the middle of an estuary,” Mr Shoebridge said.
“The proposed two metres of fill would create flooding problems for existing surrounding residents.”
Home owner Richard Gow told Mr Shoebridge 400 residents would be put at risk of flooding due to plans for the low-lying lot to be filled. He said project would also lead to the loss of a wildlife corridor, acid sulphate soil contaminating the creek and other risks to surrounding waterways and reserves including Cudgen Nature Reserve, Christies Creek and Cudgera Creek.