Volume 2 #42
Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Waterway fight Farmers feast
aids B’bar hall
taken to MPs
Luis Feliu take the matter to the Land and Envi-
Planning minister Tony Kelly has Cr Katie Milne was the only coun-
referred concerns over a controver- cillor to oppose the plan, which still
sial Chinderah development which requires state fisheries and water
would destroy a popular waterway to agencies to sign off on it before build-
his department for a closer look. ing can start.
Residents of the Tweed Heritage Two weeks ago, dozens of residents
Caravan Park have taken the fight to voiced their anger during a protest
protect their much-loved waterway on site, addressed by Crs Milne
to state parliament with a petition and Kevin Skinner and televised
signed by more than 550 people ta- regionally.
bled last month. Cr Skinner told residents last week
Tweed Shire Council has approved he raised the issue with council staff,
plans to build a 630-metre road over who he said had been talking to the
the tidal creek, which runs alongside developer about an alternative entry/
the unformed Ozone Street next to access route and he would keep them
the Tweed Heritage Caravan Park, informed on any progress.
and replace the waterway with con- Tweed MP Geoff Provest has also
crete pipes. helped the residents by tabling the
petition in parliament. Park resident
No consultation Lynda Mack says that despite the
The controversial plan, to accom- mayor, developer and some staff call-
modate a four-lot subdivision near ing the waterway a ‘drain’ the creek Kate Mcintosh L-R Rosemary toovey, Sue Harnett and deborah allard gather the essential
Anne Lane, was given the green light was shown on an 1897 survey map as ingredients for a winter feast. Photo Jeff ‘Burringbarred’ Dawson
last year by a majority of councillors, a natural tidal waterway. Farmers have been the lifeblood of
despite hundreds of residents from ‘We just can’t believe they want to the Burringbar School of Arts Hall raising some $3,700. When the hall through farmers markets, so we really
surrounding caravan parks not being destroy this beautiful waterway which throughout its 106-year history, so it’s first ran into financial problems some hope this will promote the importance
consulted over it. It is believed some has been there forever, it’s such a pro- no surprise that they’re once again at years ago, local farmers rallied together of buying local food and supporting
of the councillors deciding the issue lific fish breeding area and home to the forefront of renewed efforts to en- to hold a livestock auction, helping the local economy,’ she said.
failed to inspect the site before casting many birds and other wildlife,’ she sure its survival. raise much needed funds. First up on the menu is an antipasto
their vote. said. The hall, which has served three Built by local farmers in the early platter, followed by specially created
Council has since moved to remove ‘Even council staff said acid sulfate generations of Burringbar residents 1900s as a school of arts, the hall now main course, the Turduckenail, turkey
the anomaly whereby only a caravan runoff as a result of the development and remains a central part of com- hosts a wide range of important com- stuffed with duck, chicken and quail
park manager or owner are entitled could be a problem with inadequate munity life, has recently come under munity events including school discos, and prepared by resident Burringbar
to comment on plans affecting parks, safeguards proposed, so that too threat due to a $1,000 hike in annual wedding ceremonies, P&C meetings butcher, Brett.
which on the Tweed house thousands would seriously impact on the river insurance costs. and fundraisers. Local produce including fruits, beef,
of permanent residents. downstream.’ In a bid to offset the hefty $6,000 Today, rising insurance and main- nuts, coffee, wood fired breads, beer
Mr Kelly, responding to the peti- Mrs Mack said the developer could annual fee, committee members are tenance costs means the hall remains and cheese will also be available for
tion calling for the approval to be re- easily have sought an alternative ac- organising a Winter Farmers Market entirely dependent on community sale throughout the day.
scinded and to prohibit any interfer- cess other than Ozone Street, as the Feast to take place on Sunday, July 11. support for its survival. In keeping with the rural theme
ence with the waterway, said he had subdivision site is much closer to The event features a mouth watering Hall committee and trustee mem- guests will be able to watch the af-
asked his department’s Grafton office Anne Lane. degustation menu made from fresh ber Sue Harnett said the idea for the ternoon milking of cows from the
to ‘note the concerns raised by the She said the developer and council local ingredients donated by farmers farmers market feast was in keeping verandah.
petitioners’. planners used a flimsy excuse that the across the region. with the hall’s heritage and would help Tickets are $40 per head. To book
A spokesman for the minister told Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) This is the second farmers feast to promote local produce. call 02 6677 1111 or email tweedcheese@
The Echo that affected residents could continued on page 2 take place at the hall, with the last event ‘A lot of farmers produce is now sold bigpond.com
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