Kingscliff heights

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION -

IT’S both per­plex­ing and a lit­tle sad that in her 40-plus years in Kingscliff, Bar­bara Fitzgib­bon has failed to cor­rectly mea­sure the depth of feel­ing re­gard­ing build­ing height lim­its.

Her let­ter (TDN Nov 7) fails to ac­knowl­edge that over the past 35 years nu­mer­ous pub­lic meet­ings, a num­ber of pe­ti­tions and the fact that Coun­cil­lor Cooper won ev­ery Kingscliff booth in the last coun­cil elec­tions, all re­flect the com­mu­nity view that build­ing heights should be pegged at three storeys.

This is not the view of a small, vo­cal mi­nor­ity, not the re­sult of the ma­nip­u­la­tion of plan­ning reg­u­la­tion as she claims, and bears no re­la­tion to nos­tal­gia or the set­tling of old grudges.

It is the firm, de­ter­mined and ma­jor­ity will of the res­i­dents of Kingscliff ex­pressed at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and by ev­ery means at their dis­posal for more than three decades.

If Ms Fitzgib­bon chooses to de­scribe the Aus­tralian elec­toral process and the Kingscliff Draft Lo­cal­ity Plan as re­sult­ing from “ramped up pe­ti­tion­ing, grubby pol­i­tics and the pur­suits of bovver boys”, that is her right.

But in re­la­tion to her cho­sen sub­ject, it is she who ig­nores the value of lo­cal in­tegrity and com­mu­nity val­ues.

— Jeremy Corn­ford, Kingscliff

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