Un­fair on devel­oper

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

IT’S NOT very nice of Chris Jeav­ons in his/her let­ter (TDN, Nov 1) to al­lege that Dr Stephen Se­gal’s pro­posal to fill land in south of Noble Park, Kingscliff, was mo­ti­vated by greed at the ex­pense of the en­vi­ron­ment.

My opin­ion is such com­ments are un­fair, bi­ased and defam­a­tory.

Firstly, Dr Se­gal has al­ways demon­strated con­cern for the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. It was Gales Hold­ings who first brought to the com­mu­nity’s at­ten­tion the Mitchell rain­for­est snail and later the Wal­lum frogletts found on their land.

In fact Gales Hold­ings’ land around Kingscliff is prob­a­bly the most eco­log­i­cally re­searched land in the last 15 years, any­where in NSW.

Se­condly, no devel­oper wishes to lose money and no one should sen­si­bly want this to oc­cur, oth­er­wise what sort of de­vel­op­ment would that lead to?

The land south of Noble Park is a flood­plain as was Noble Park be­fore it was de­vel­oped. Stud­ies (in­clud­ing coun­cil’s own flood­plain study) demon­strate the land in ques­tion re­quires build­ing up for com­mu­nity safety. And is safe to build up.

Fur­ther, en­vi­ron­men­tally there has been found (in ex­pert stud­ies) to be no qual­ity veg­e­ta­tion that would be lost as a re­sult.

The bot­tom line is there is no en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sue.

Chris Jeav­ons should apol­o­gise to Dr Se­gal for his non­sen­si­cal al­le­ga­tions that Gales Hold­ings and Stephen Gale are money grub­bing and en­vi­ron­men­tally un­car­ing. Such com­ments are just “fake news and opin­ion”. Too many peo­ple in this com­mu­nity use the en­vi­ron­ment as a po­lit­i­cal weapon to get their own way.

Our com­mu­nity should em­brace Dr Se­gal’s will­ing­ness to in­form, con­sult and lis­ten. As he is one of the most car­ing, hon­est, sin­cere and bal­anced per­sons I have ever met.

— Terry Sharples, Tweed Heads

Coun­cil will, in ev­ery case, put peo­ple be­fore pot­holes. — Cr Ron Cooper

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