Kingscliff plan critic to launch his own survey
EX-Tweed Shire Councillor Ron Cooper says he will launch another public survey to determine the true views on proposed changes to Kingscliff's development blueprint.
Mr Cooper said Tweed Shire Council's method of surveying the public at the shop front its set up on Marine Pde on the draft new locality plan was producing a distorted result.
He said residents and visitors going one-on-one with the senior council staff who drew up the plans was not true public consultation.
"We're getting a marketing exercise that tries to break down the resistance to increasing the storey limit without a sound reason for it," he said.
The council says its getting about 80 people through the shop front a day.
Results of a survey conducted via a feedback board have so far shown more people in favour than against the plan, including one of the most contentious issues - the proposed height limit increase.
It is proposed that Marine Pde remains at the current building height of 11m (or up to three storeys), or remain at the existing allowed building height limit of 13.6m.
However, the height limit could be lifted to 16.6m on the Kingscliff shopping centre side of Pearl St and along the undeveloped land fronting Turnock St, from roundabout to roundabout.
Mr Cooper said his survey and/or petition to the State Government about the changes would produce a more accurate result and he predicted the majority would remain opposed to changes proposed by the locality plan.
Mr Cooper's previous survey of 1,250 residents carried out last year, found that 97% of respondents wanted the height limit in the town capped at three storeys and 97% also wanted the current character of the town to be retained.
"I've got to get started (on the survey) as soon as possible," he said.
"I'm not prepared to let this go at this stage.
"This attitude that we've got to change it (Kingscliff) or update it... that's not what people are here for."
Mr Cooper had been part of the 15 strong public consultation group helping inform the locality plan until he says he was "thrown off" for insisting on carrying out the public survey to gauge public views on Kingscliff's future.