THE discovery of the rare Giant Barred Frog in four locations on the site of a new township planned by the wealthy husband of Tweed Mayor Joan van Lieshout could scuttle the development according to opponents.
They believe the frog, which has already led to the re-routing of some sections of the controversial world championship car rally planned for bush roads in September, will do what councillors opposed to the development have failed to achieve.
On Tuesday deputy mayor Barry Longland and Greens Party councillor Katie Milne were repeatedly outvoted in their attempts to shrink the size of the planned Nightcap village midway between Murwillumbah and Nimbin which is intended to house about 1000 people.
Caldera Residents Action Group president John Donvito said the entire project could be illegal because it would impact on the frog which he described as a nationally endangered species.
“Anything that may impact on its breeding and lifestyle is illegal,” he said.