Andrea Vickers.
Andrea Vickers.

Residents hope for breakthrough

CABARITA Beach residents are hoping for a breakthrough in their opposition to a controversial 200-site caravan park planned for beachfront Crown land following an invitation to Tweed Shire Councillors to meet with them last night.

The Cabarita Beach/ Bogangar Residents’ Association hopes councillors will join its push to look for alteratives.

According to association spokesman Ashley Baldry, corporate and government funding is available for the association to push forward in drawing up its own “community proposal” and it has invited the councillors to be “part of the process”.

The invitation follows increasingly strained relations between the association and council over the van park proposal by the council’s Holiday Parks Reserves Trust and the NSW Government’s Land and Property Management Authority.

Last week the council’s general manager authorised legal demands against the association president Cath Lynch for the return of secret documents about the van park plans that had been leaked to the association.

Mrs Lynch, a pensioner, was seeking legal advice because the documents had already been dispersed among various opponents to the van park, including association members.

Yesterday Greens candidate for Tweed in the upcoming state election Andrea Vickers criticised the council decision to call in the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption to try to find the person responsible for leaking the secret document.

“To call in ICAC is an abuse of the spirit in which ICAC was founded – to stop people in government from abusing their power, not to stop them from sharing information which the community has a right to know,” she said.

“Cath Lynch is right to say that people need to know what is happening at Cabarita. For the public to be able to comment on the project, they need to know the projected costs and income from the proposal. Then they will have something real to weigh against the social and environmental costs, instead of vague promises of more tourists and more money.”

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