Plans in wrong hands

TWEED mayor Kevin Skinner has defended tough legal action against the Cabarita Residents’ Association and its pensioner president Cath Lynch.

Confidential details about plans for a huge new and controversial caravan park were leaked on the association’s website and spread among opponents to the park.

Cr Skinner said yesterday the information should have remained confidential.

“We have our own wiki-leaks – that’s a good statement for it,” he quipped.

Cr Skinner said the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption had been asked to investigate the leaking of the documents.

They show, among other things, the outline for the financial planning of the proposed caravan park and possible design, such as the inclusion of tourist cabins.

Mrs Lynch has confirmed she received a legal demand from the council requiring the return of the documents by Thursday afternoon but said they had been spread among various members of her association.

The demand has seen her seek legal aid.

Cr Skinner said the decision to take legal action had not been put to a vote of councillors in their role as members of the Holiday Parks Trust but was made by council general manager Mike Rayner.

He added the legal attempt to recover the confidential document “will be pursued to the best of our ability”.

“All we are after is the document. We don’t want to take her (Mrs Lynch) to court,” Cr Skinner said.

“The people have been lucky enough to have a look at it but they should give it back.”

Cr Skinner said the Holiday Parks Trust was not trying to hide anything. However, he added, the trust was “a business”.

“As a business, it’s got confidential documents that should remain confidential,” he said.

“The plans aren’t final,” he added, saying proposals for tourist cabins could be drastically altered.

“I’d rather see camping sites.

“At the end of the day, all the trustees might feel the same way as me and say we don’t want 80 cabins in there – we want a small number.”

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