Last-ditch effort to turn Lot 490 in Coastal Reserve
Update, July 17,12.33pm: THE petition against the development of coastal reserve Lot 490 has reached 1500 signatures in less than 10 days.
Our Lot 490 group member Trevor Reece said he believed the overwhelming response to a single-issue petition on the Tweed was unprecendented.
Tweed Coast Land Care has been working with the NSW Government on the acceptance of Lot 490 as an area for Landcare rehabilitation, which could mean available grant money.
This would mean Lot 490 would be maintained by the community as a coastal reserve and wildlife habitat.
Our Lot 490 said Tweed Shire Council indicated it will support moves to retain the land as a reserve and wildlife habitat, but the final decision rests with the NSW Government.
The group said they understand that while the development approval gained by Leightons at a PAC hearing last August remains in place, any entity which negotiated a new lease with the government would have to build exactly the development proposed by Leightons.
They also said that any change in size or design would require a new DA application and environmental study to include endangered species not identified in the Leightons proposal.
Initial Report, July 17, 6am: THE final attempt to save Kingscliff's last coastal reserve, Lot 490, from development started at the weekend, it is a fight which has been going since the 1970s.
Our Lot 490, a group made up of passionate residents opposing any development on the land, will today start to door- knock for signatures.
Group spokesman Jerry Cornford said it aimed to collect 5000 signatures on the petition.
"We need 5000 to get it debated on the floor of Parliament," he said.
The future of the Crown Land and Coastal Reserve, which lies between the south side of the Cudgen Creek Bridge and the northern boundary of SALT, depends on it.
Our hope, and we believe the hope of the majority of Kingscliff residents, is that the government redesignate the land as Coastal Reserve and secure it as the important wildlife habitat that it is.
"It's important that all Tweed residents who value Lot 490 as Crown Land and Coastal Reserve available to the whole community have their say on the matter," he said.
"Our hope, and we believe the hope of the majority of Kingscliff residents, is that the government redesignate the land as Coastal Reserve and secure it as the important wildlife habitat that it is."
Mr Cornford said the site was home to the swamp wallaby, the glossy black cockatoo, the blossom fruit bat and critically endangered beach stone curlew.
"In all, there are more than 32 species of native bird and a native ground orchid so endangered that the Millennium Seed Project from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, will be collecting seeds from the site this year," he said.
The petitions will be available at Zanzibar Cafe and Boardwalk Books in Marine Pde, Kingscliff; Healthy Life health foods in the Kingscliff Shopping Centre in Pearl St, and a variety of locations from Fingal to Murwillumbah.
Mr Cornford said the Tweed prided itself on being an eco-tourist spot and if we got rid of the "eco", we'd have nothing.
Tweed Shire Council has scheduled a workshop on August 1, with a public meeting date still to come.