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Caravan Park refused – Koala habitat saved

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Tweed Shire Council have refused a DA for a caravan park which would see more than 80 koala trees removed and also impact coastal wetlands.
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Caravan Park refused – Koala habitat saved

 

By Sarah Waters

A proposal for a 112-site caravan park in an ecologically significant part of Pottsville has been slammed as unacceptable by Tweed Shire Council staff.

Mayor Chris Cherry moved a motion to refuse the development application for the caravan park during council’s September 7 planning meeting.

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A report by council staff stated the proposal for 1126 Pottsville Road, could not be supported due to the impact on the ecological values of the site, including koala habitat and close proximity to coastal wetlands.

A number of mature native trees, including koala feed trees, are within the proposed development footprint.

It would be setback about 10m from important coastal wetlands with part of it extending into an environmentally protected area.

The intended use for the 112 long term sites was also questioned in the report.

It was not made clear how many sites would be occupied by caravans or if manufactured/moveable homes would be put on the site.

Ms Cherry said she strongly supported council staff’s recommendation to not let the development go ahead.

“We’ve got a proposal before us of 112 sites in a site itself that contains a lot of precious wetland vegetation, it’s a flood liable site and bushfire liable location as well,” Ms Cherry said.

“It’s not in the public interest – we have got 320 submissions on this item and 319 are objecting to it.”

“One of the major concerns raised in the report is the lack of sewerage capacity available for this development.

“We combine all those different things … then I think we really need to stand firm on this and defend it in the Land and Environment Court.

“It’s a really, really big issue for Pottsville if this one goes ahead,” she said.

Tweed Shire Council have refused a DA for a caravan park which would see more than 80 koala trees removed and also impact coastal wetlands.

Tweed Shire Council have refused a DA for a caravan park which would see more than 80 koala trees removed and also impact coastal wetlands.

Councillor Nola Firth was also firmly against the proposal.

Ms Firth said if it were to go ahead, more than 80 trees would be removed due to bushfire management clearing.

And 26 sites would be in the prohibited coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests area.

“The whole area is in the koala plan of management and the koala corridor,” she said.

“There’s just a whole litany of quite extreme things that are being proposed here.

“I’m very strongly in favour of us making sure that such a precedent never ever happens here.”

Councillor Meredith Dennis said koala protection groups, including Tweed Coast Koalas, had ‘expressed a great deal of distress’ regarding the development.

“We do really need to protect the coastal wetlands and the environment for the koalas and the fact that we’ve had so many objections – that’s an indication of how strongly the community feels about this,” Ms Dennis said.

Council voted unanimously to refuse the application.

The proposed caravan park included 112 long term sites, reception office, manager’s residence, toilet and laundry amenities, a bowling pitch, pool and barbeque area.

It touted Pottsville as a highly desirable coastal town which is attractive to tourists looking for a change of destination.

The developers ‘statement of environmental effects’ report said the caravan park would facilitate the restoration, rehabilitation and ongoing management of the vegetated southern portion of the site.

 

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

 

We are excited to announce that the recently revitalised Casino Showground and Racecourse precinct will commence accepting bookings starting from Monday, June 3rd.

With a generous funding injection of $12.8 million from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, alongside contributions from various sources including the NSW Showground Stimulus Program, Drought Communities Funding, Crown Lands, and Council, the total investment in this redevelopment has reached $14.4 million.

This newly enhanced facility boasts a range of features including a spacious undercover arena, an outdoor sand arena, turfed areas, covered stables, and a state-of-the-art racehorse stable complex capable of accommodating up to 80 horses. Additionally, new parking areas for cars, trucks, and floats have been added for the convenience of visitors.

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Of notable appeal is the newly constructed racehorse exercise area, which includes round yards, a horse walker, and a 50-metre equine pool. These amenities are expected to draw considerable interest from equestrian enthusiasts and event organizers alike. Furthermore, enhancements such as powered event camping areas have expanded the facility’s versatility, allowing for hosting a diverse range of events including country music festivals, car shows, trade exhibitions, and markets.

Despite the official opening ceremony held on April 20th to commemorate the acknowledgment of government funding, certain essential construction tasks remain pending due to unforeseen circumstances. These include the high-voltage power upgrade, completion of the equine training area, and fencing installations crucial for ensuring the safety of all facility users.

Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions in the Northern Rivers region have exacerbated delays, saturating many areas of the facility and rendering them unsuitable for immediate use. However, efforts are underway to expedite the finalisation of these outstanding projects in alignment with the originally tendered project costs.

In tandem with these developments, the Council is set to deliberate on its Draft Revenue Policy for 2024-2025 at its upcoming meeting. This policy will outline the proposed fees for utilising the facility and will undergo a public exhibition period of 28 days following the meeting, during which community feedback and submissions will be welcomed.

We extend our gratitude to all existing stakeholders and potential users for their patience throughout this project’s completion, which has been hampered by unforeseen challenges. We eagerly anticipate opening all elements of this facility to serve the broader community.

For those interested in booking the venue, please visit the Council’s venue hire website.

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

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The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

 

In a competitive field of contenders, Ranger Nick emerged victorious, securing the prestigious “Australian Owned Achievement Award 2024” in the recently announced Australian Owned Business Awards on May 7, 2024.

Surprised by the announcement, Ranger Nick received a message from the judging panel praising his unwavering commitment to Australian ownership and excellence. The panel acknowledged the stiff competition and commended Ranger Nick’s business as a leader in its domain.

Reflecting on the unexpected news, Ranger Nick expressed his elation, stating, “I was on my way to the Capella Country Music Festival, after spending a few days in the scrub with no mobile reception, when I received the news. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled, flattered and honoured.”

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This accolade marks Ranger Nick’s third triumph in a year, following his recognition as a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and as a Winner in the Innovation and Sustainability Excellence category of The Australian Rural Business Awards.

Renowned as the charismatic Aussie Bush Cook, Ranger Nick embodies the authentic Australian spirit with his unwavering passion for Australian heritage and traditions. He has dedicated himself to sharing his camp oven cooking and bushcraft skills with fellow adventurewrs across the country and abroad.

With four published books, his own merchandise line, and notable appearances on television and radio, including Channel 7Mates’ “Step Outside with Paul Burt” and West Bremer Radio, Ranger Nick’s influence continues to grow.

Grateful for the support he has received, Ranger Nick humbly thanked his supporters, expressing his determination to continue his endeavors. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to all for your unwavering support,” he said. “I better pull up my socks and keep on going.”

Ranger Nick eagerly anticipates receiving his official trophy at the Dayboro Annual Show in early July, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

 

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