Tour of proposed van park site
TWEED Coast residents angry at council and gov- ernment plans to turn beachfront bushland into a huge caravan park, stepped up the pressure on the weekend for the pro- posal to be ditched.
Dune care volunteers stepped out to show the public through the eight-hectare block of crown land where the council, in its role as Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserves Trust (TCHPRT) and the government, through its Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA), are proposing a 200-lot caravan park.
Dune Care volunteer Ashley Baldry said it was the third tour of the site that the group had conducted in the past month. More than 120 local residents had now seen the site at close hand.
“The walking tours were designed to give local residents an opportunity to walk the boundaries of both developments so they could see first-hand the areas under threat.” Mr Baldry said.
“The TCHPRT and LPMA have stated that the developments will not destroy any significant, healthy or protected ecological communities but this information is from an environmental assessment conducted in 2002.
“On the tour we showed people the endangered ecological community of callitris pines and the endangered geodorum orchid which are inside the boundary of the proposed caravan park.
“The geodorum orchid only flowers in December/January and we were quite lucky to see a couple in full bloom.”
Mr Baldry said his group was encouraging people to go to their website www.cabaritabeach.org and make a submission to the council by February 28.
A spokeswoman for the two authorities said the public exhibition period would finish on February 28 when all public comment and prospective plans would be compiled into a report.
“Following the review of this report, the project team may move forward to lodge a Development Application, which will be decided by an independent panel,” she said.
The spokeswoman said the best way for people to voice their concerns about the proposed caravan park was in writing.
She said those interested could post their submissions on the official LPMA “proposed project website portal”.