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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-
                                            ronment Court.
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

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