Land­fill fears for K’ cliff

Flood­ing con­cerns for res­i­dents

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

A LAND­FILL pro­posal in Kingscliff is leav­ing some res­i­dents con­cerned about the im­pacts of fu­ture flood­ing in the neigh­bour­hood.

Gales Hold­ings has sub­mit­ted a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to Tweed Shire Coun­cil with plans to com­plete a land­fill project be­tween Quigan and Turnock Sts in Kingscliff.

While the Land and Environment Court ap­proved the land­fill project in 2008, Kingscliff res­i­dent Jerry Corn­ford said he was wor­ried about how the area would be im­pacted by fu­ture flood events, es­pe­cially af­ter high flood waters al­most reached some houses in the area dur­ing the March floods.

“There’s nowhere for this wa­ter to go be­cause the river is still flooded,” Mr Con­ford said.

“It can’t go back­wards, so it’s just go­ing to build up here.

“We’ve re­ally got nowhere to go be­cause the fill­ing and build­ing in Turnock St be­hind the su­per­mar­ket has al­ready been ap­proved by the LEC and this cur­rent DA is about mov­ing some of the build­ing blocks.

“The only thing that coun­cil could pos­si­bly do, if we could per­suade them, would be to refuse them per­mis­sion to hy­dro­log­i­cally fill.

“It’s about get­ting it on the record and say­ing to coun­cil that if you do ap­prove it, what can you do stop the in­evitable hap­pen­ing?

“What as­sur­ances are you go­ing to give us that this de­vel­op­ment won’t sink our houses?”

Kingscliff res­i­dent Gor­don Clarke was also con­cerned about what would flood the next time there was heavy rain.

“Where’s the wa­ter go­ing to go?” he said.

“Is it go­ing to flood the shop­ping cen­tre?”

Pub­lic sub­mis­sions on the DA17/0554 are open un­til Oc­to­ber 6 and can be sub­mit­ted to tsc@tweed.nsw. gov.au or on the DA tracker at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Gales Hold­ings was con­tacted for com­ment.

PHOTO: AIS­LING BREN­NAN

TAK­ING A STAND: Kingscliff res­i­dents are con­cerned about Gales Hold­ings’ plan to fill the land at the end of Turnock St.

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