Protesters have a Point to prove
PROTESTERS against “over-development” in the Tweed Coast village of Hastings Point say the fight goes on even though they lost a major battle last week.
They have also pointed to victories they have won in forcing Tweed Shire Council to pursue new height limits and other restrictions in the village despite their loss of a legal challenge against the three-storey over-50s residential resort known as The Point.
Last week the Tweed Daily News reported the sometimes bizarre three-year legal battle, dubbed ‘the battle of Hastings Point’ against the resort had hit a brick wall when a panel of High Court judges refused to allow their appeal to go any further.
Campaign spokeswoman Jan Garvey said although the community “suffered a setback” when the judges failed to let the case go to a hearing the battle would go on.
“Resilient as ever, the Hastos community is back on the horse,” she said in a statement to the Tweed Daily News.
“We vow to save the rest of Hastos and will expose any further misapplication of the law and dodgy planning at whatever level necessary.”
Ms Garvey said council planning officers knew “the court got it wrong” and that was “why the developer’s mayor Warren Polglase was the only one to celebrate the result as validating the council’s approval of The Point”.
“Polglase again represented his own developer view and not that of those in council that know better,” she said.
“Everyone knows, including Tweed planners, that The Point is a planning bungle.
“The Point does not reflect Hastings Point. It is now the classic example of what not to do.”
Ms Garvey said the council in the past had “screwed the community” but the community was chalking up victories and hoped for restrictions in a new locality plan for Hastings Point.
Solicitor for the Hastings Point Progress Association which spearheaded the campaign, John O’Reilly, said “despite the disappointment, residents of Hastings Point can be proud their action has achieved a lot in protecting the iconic place”.
“Residents have already tabled a slogan used after a giant Spanish oil spill – “Nunca Mais” (Never Again),” he said.