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CHINDERAH RESIDENTS FEAR THEIR HOME WILL BE LOST TO THE TWEED RIVER

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CHINDERAH RESIDENTS FEAR THEIR HOME WILL BE LOST TO THE TWEED RIVER

By Sarah Waters

RESIDENTS of Homestead Holiday Park in Chinderah Les Barron and Di Parkinson fear it is only a matter of months until their home slips into the Tweed River.

Last year’s Tweed flood, which swept through Homestead Holiday Park, caused the riverbank’s rock wall to slip away behind their home.

The land behind their home has continued to erode since.

Their house now sits in a precarious position only seven meters from the river and the erosion gets worse each day.

Mr Barron said they’ve lost about four meters of land behind their house over the last year.

Despite pleading with Tweed Shire Council to do something about the situation, nothing has been done and they have no idea when it will be.

“We’ve been emailing council for 12 months, but they fob us off to Waterways,” Mr Barron said.

“And then the Waterways fob us back to the council, so it’s backwards and forwards and nothing gets done.

“Every time a boat goes past, the wake comes in and you see it undermining the land, it just washes it out.”

The couple have got as far as speaking with engineers from the council only to be told a number of reports will need to be done before they can do anything to fix the erosion.

Mrs Parkinson said if no one steps in and does something soon it’s going to be too late.

“It’s been 12 months now,” she said.

“The ground has gone down so much – you can see the grass area where it has fallen recently and once a month another big chunk falls in and we’ve already lost four meters.

“In 12 months’ time it will be up to my back door.

“I’ve very scared, I put a lot of money and effort into fixing this place that we live in, and I love living here, it’ll just be horrendous if I lost it – it’ll bankrupt me.”

Neighbour Anne-Maree Jackson said she was highly concerned about the lack of action to resolve the situation.

“I’ve lived here for 22 years and the area of land that has now gone, used to have picnic tables there under the palm trees,” Mrs Jackson said.

“The problem isn’t getting fixed – there’s too much red tape.

“I’m worried for my neighbours and if their house goes, mine will be next.”

Mrs Jackson said there were also a lot of older residents who walk along the river and grandchildren of residents who play and fish off the riverbank.

The eroded area has not been cordoned off and residents hold further concerns that someone could easily slip into the river.

A spokesperson for Crown Lands confirmed the land between the Homestead Holiday Park and the river was owned as freehold by Tweed Shire Council.

They said any enquiries needed to be directed to the council as the landowner.

Tweed Shire Council Mayor Chris Cherry said council was aware of the issue and had submitted a funding application to the NSW Government to stabilise the erosion, however the outcome of the grant remained unknown.

“The question of who is responsible for this site is unclear, with the land in question being a combination of NSW Crown Land and Tweed Shire Council land,” Ms Cherry said.

“However, the site is not accessible to the public and is managed as if it was private property by the owners of Homestead Holiday Park, who charge residents rent to occupy their homes and use public land.”

Ms Cherry said if the grant application was successful, and council received funding to stabilise the erosion, it could still take up to 12 months to fix.

She said it was due to the lengthy process required to gain NSW Crown Land approvals.

“Council typically waits 12 months for a NSW Crown Land licence for any riverbank erosion stabilisation project – however we hope approval will come quicker than this.”

Ms Cherry also explained why the unstable riverbank was currently not cordoned off by council.

“Given there is no public access to this site, council does not access, manage or maintain the riverbank at this location.

“Should safety barriers of any kind be erected by council, we would be bound to inspect and maintain this site on at least a weekly basis.

“For the reason of no public access, and the need for staff to continually access the site by way of private property, no hazard identification is provided at the site.”

Ms Cherry said given the severity of waterway erosion experienced across the Tweed following last year’s flood and the lack of public access to this site, the issue was ‘just one of many’ being considered by council.

“We appreciate this is a very worrying situation for the residents but there are just so many repairs after the flood that council is compelled to prioritise repairs based on certain risk factors,” she said.

The Northern Rivers Times tried to contact the owner of Homestead Holiday Park, but he was away at the time this story went to print.                

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

 

Nearly $3 million in funding from the NSW Government is set to expedite the delivery of almost 24,000 new regional homes, with 16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund. Ranging from the North Coast to the Central West and the Riverina, these councils will receive grants of up to $250,000 each.

The objective of these grants is to accelerate the delivery of new homes in regional areas through various strategies, including the formulation of housing plans, infrastructure preparation, and amendments to local environmental plans to facilitate the construction of diverse and affordable housing options.

As more individuals opt for regional NSW living, the demand for homes has increased, leading to rising prices and a shortage of available properties. Hence, bolstering regional housing supply is paramount.

These grants are part of a broader set of initiatives aimed at boosting regional housing supply, including the expansion of the Government’s Urban Development Program, the Regional Housing Flying Squad, the Regional Housing Fund, and the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund.

Together, these initiatives aim to streamline the planning process, support necessary infrastructure development, and aid regional councils in their housing-related endeavours.

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16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund.

In Round 1 of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund, $3.85 million was allocated to 20 projects across 19 councils. Notable projects include the Raymond Terrace Sub-Precincts Master Plan collaboration between Port Stephens Council and Homes NSW, aimed at expediting affordable housing supply.

Another project by Port Stephens Council focused on addressing development barriers such as drainage and flooding resilience in the Shoal Bay Precinct.

Armidale Regional Council, another recipient of Round 1 funding, successfully developed and implemented its Local Housing Strategy.
For further details on the councils receiving funding and their respective projects, interested parties can visit the NSW Planning website.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully emphasised the importance of supporting regional councils in expediting housing delivery for their communities. He highlighted the crucial role of regional NSW in the state’s housing supply landscape and underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring housing targets are met while also addressing future hazards.

 

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

 

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Gone are the days of manual property searches and mundane tasks. AI is reshaping the landscape, empowering professionals, and enhancing customer experiences like never before.

Here are four ways AI is revolutionising real estate:

  1. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: AI-powered assistants engage with clients, address queries, and provide personalised recommendations, offering round-the-clock support. This frees up professionals’ time to focus on high-value tasks, leading to unparalleled customer experiences.
  2. Empowered Property Search: AI algorithms analyse vast amounts of data to deliver accurate insights and personalised recommendations, streamlining the property search process. Buyers and professionals can make more informed decisions quickly, aligning with customer demands.
  3. Better Data for Investors: AI simplifies property valuation and risk assessment by analysing real-time data and identifying patterns. Investors can make informed decisions based on predictive analytics, ensuring profitable investments in a dynamic market.
  4. Simplified Property Management: AI-driven smart home technologies automate routine tasks, monitor energy consumption, and detect maintenance issues in real-time. This streamlines property management, reduces costs, and optimises property performance.
AI Transforming real estate

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation.

AI is not only transforming real estate operations but also propelling the industry into predictive analytics. By leveraging historical data and market trends, AI algorithms forecast future property prices and demand, empowering professionals to seize profitable opportunities and stay ahead of the curve. With AI, the future of real estate looks promising.

 

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Toyota Australia is gearing up for the highly anticipated launch of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado, set to hit the market with a range of new features and enhancements aimed at solidifying its position as a top contender in the SUV segment. With a mid-year launch on the horizon, the automaker has revealed key details about the upcoming Prado, including its variant line-up and advanced drivetrain specifications.

The new Prado will boast five distinct grades, catering to a wide range of preferences and driving needs. From the entry-level GX to the top-tier Kakadu spec, buyers can expect a comprehensive selection of options. Notably, the line-up will introduce an all-new ‘Altitude’ variant, specially designed for off-road enthusiasts seeking enhanced performance and rugged capabilities.

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

Under the hood, the 2024 Prado will feature a formidable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder powertrain, equipped with innovative 48-volt assistance technology. This cutting-edge drivetrain, shared with the face lifted HiLux, delivers robust performance with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, paired with an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, Toyota assures drivers of exceptional towing capability, with the Prado capable of handling a 3500kg braked trailer.

In terms of design and technology, each Prado variant comes packed with an array of premium features aimed at maximising comfort, convenience, and driving pleasure. LED headlights, a 12.3-inch multimedia screen with wireless smartphone connectivity, and a 10-speaker audio system are just a few highlights available across the range. Additionally, specific grades offer luxurious touches such as heated and ventilated seats, a refrigerated console box, and advanced driver assistance systems for enhanced safety and control.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Toyota Australia’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, expressed excitement about the upcoming release, emphasising the Prado’s longstanding legacy of reliability and performance. He highlighted the vehicle’s versatility in catering to diverse lifestyles and adventures, reaffirming Toyota’s commitment to delivering top-tier SUVs that meet the evolving needs of Australian consumers.

With pricing details yet to be announced, anticipation is high for the arrival of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado. As drivers prepare to embark on new journeys and conquer challenging terrains, Toyota’s latest offering promises to set a new standard for excellence in the SUV market. Stay tuned for more updates and information as the launch date approaches.

Details will be confirmed closer to the Prado’s launch in mid-2024.

 

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