Vow to continue battle of Hastings
TWEED Coast residents have vowed to continue their fight against the over-development of their seaside villages and joined forces at a protest rally held at Hastings Point yesterday.
Greens MLC and planning spokesperson Sylvia Hale attended the rally organised by the Save Hastings Point Committee, to update the community about changes to planning laws and how coastal communities in NSW are banding together to fight excessive development in these idyllic areas
“There have been changes to the planning laws that take into account the effects of climate change where the developments need to be designed to accommodate a 90-centimetre rise in sea levels and a 30 per cent increase in rain events,” said Julie Boyd from the Save Hastings Point committee.
“If you look at the developments under way in the area and those planned, it would seem developers aren't taking this into account.”
For the once sleepy village of Hastings Point, where Gold Coast developers PDK are building a multi-staged retirement and aged-care development on Cudgen Creek, Ms Boyd said strengthening planning laws to protect the environment was necessary to save the unique flora and fauna in the area.
“There have also been changes to the planning laws at the local and state level that could mean residents have less say on what happens in their backyard,” Ms Boyd said.
“The approach of all levels of government in regards to coastal development seems to be more reactive to environment problems, rather than proactive, or making sure that if there is development it is done in an environmentally sensitive way.”