Hastings group ready for next battle
A HASTINGS Point community group is considering jumping back into the courtroom just days after losing a legal battle against controversial development The Point.
The Hastings Point Progress Association was ordered to pay unspecified court costs after the NSW Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Tweed Shire Council and developer Seekchange on Friday.
John O'Reilly, solicitor for the association, called the ruling “ridiculous”.
“This is a gross error by the judges and we will be looking at it,” Mr O'Reilly said.
“The ramifications are quite ridiculous.”
The association had been fighting Tweed Shire Council's decision to allow the de- velopment on Tweed Coast Road, as they claimed it was above height limits and would ruin the character of the Hastings Point area.
They had taken the matter to the NSW Land and Environment Court last June, but were unsuccessful, and so appealed again last week.
Mr O'Reilly, who lives at Hastings Point, said the group would make a decision next week on whether to once again take the matter to a higher court.
“We are considering taking this to the next level,” Mr O'Reilly said.
Seekchange general manager Danny Gillies said the developers would continue to pursue legal advice.
“We are obviously happy with the results; all our advice said it was a long shot for them (Hastings Point Progress Association),” Mr Gillies said.
“For them to waste taxpayer money on this is a joke, and they should be held account- able.”
Mr Gillies said they would seek costs from the association and key committee members.
Meanwhile, Mr O'Reilly warned Seekchange that they were running a risk by continuing construction of The Point while the matter was still before the court.
“They continued to build while the matter is in court; it could be demolished if we win,” Mr O'Reilly said.
A Tweed Shire Council spokeswoman said Council was represented in court.
“Council put in a submitting appearance, but did not actively defend the matter,” the spokeswoman said.
Stage one of the Tweed Coast Road project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.