Site choice not made by La­bor

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS OPINION - (TDN — Cr Ron Cooper, Kingscliff

IN RE­SPONSE to J King 22/12/18), Kings For­est was se­lected by Health In­fra­struc­ture, not the La­bor Party, as a short-listed hos­pi­tal site.

The La­bor Party de­cided it would be bet­ter to use this site than lose the State Sig­nif­i­cant Farm­lands.

They de­cided that Kingscliff’s three-storey height limit would be com­pro­mised by a large nine-storey build­ing perched on the Cudgen plateau, in full view from most places in Kingscliff.

It is a di­rect threat to La­bor’s long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to pre­serve our three-storey limit should they be elected.

Des­ig­nat­ing Kingscliff as the Re­gional City of the Tweed is also not sup­ported by La­bor. This would re­sult in a push for high-rise build­ings in Kingscliff.

Tweed Heads was pre­vi­ously des­ig­nated the City of the Tweed be­cause of the hos­pi­tal that al­ready had its ex­pan­sion be­ing planned, and be­cause of the ex­ist­ing zon­ing that al­lows high-rise build­ings.

I must say that I shared the con­cerns of J King with re­spect to flood­ing at Kings For­est. I de­cided to check Tweed Shire Coun­cil’s flood maps and ask a few ques­tions.

It turns out that flood lev­els are lower in the small Cudgen Creek catch­ment than in the Tweed River Catch­ment – sev­eral me­tres lower in the Max­i­mum Prob­a­ble Flood.

No fill­ing is needed. The farm­land site and the Kings For­est site have the same lim­ited ac­cess from the north, west and south dur­ing the 1 in 100 year flood – none.

My long cam­paign to pre­serve Kingscliff’s three-storey height limit has now been added to by my sup­port for the cam­paign to save the farm­lands and to pre­vent Kingscliff be­ing de­clared the Re­gional City of the Tweed.

Kick-start­ing high-rise on the Tweed coast is some­thing we all want to avoid. It is a poor en­try state­ment for the low-rise, re­laxed char­ac­ter of our coast.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Kings For­est was se­lected by Health In­fra­struc­ture, not the La­bor Party, as a short-listed hos­pi­tal site, says Cr Ron Cooper.

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