Protesters voice development concerns

PROTESTERS gathered at Kings Forest yesterday in a bid to voice their concerns over a proposed development.

Northern Rivers Guardians spokeswoman Andrea Vickers said more than 60 people were present at the event.

"NRG has repeated its call to the planning minister, Brad Hazzard, to extend the deadline for public submissions until February 23," Ms Vickers said.

"The community deserves the opportunity to properly digest and respond to the latest proposals.

"NRG supports appropriate and sustainable development in Tweed.

"The bottom line is, we need to find ways for community and businesses to work together, so we can all live together in the long run."

Rally volunteer Menkit Prince said the protest was not organised by any one group, but grew organically from concerned residents.

"We are all very upset by the plan," Ms Prince said.

"We think it's too late to stop the development, but we can modify it to protect the Koala populations."

Ms Prince said there was a lot of concern from the community.

She said with about 140 koalas in the Tweed region everything needed to be done to save their habitat.



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