How we reported the Greens story on Saturday.
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Angry MP attacks Greens

ALLEGATIONS made by Greens candidate for the State election, Rodney Degens over the controversial Hearnes Lake development, have incensed his Nationals rival.

Andrew Fraser has hit back staunchly denying any involvement with the developers. He issued a written statement yesterday, saying:

“I am very concerned by media reports arising from a media statement by Greens councillor and candidate for the State election, Rodney Degens, which claims ‘Rumours are running rife in the community that Andrew Fraser actively lobbied on behalf of the applicant for the Hearne Lake development proposal’.

“This is completely wrong.

“The only representations I have made to the Minister have been on behalf of residents who are concerned with the scope of the development at Sandy Shores. To this date I have not received any useful response from the Minister or Department of Planning.

“I have sought legal advice in relation to Mr Degens’ media release on this matter and reserve my rights so far as that is concerned.

“I am extremely disappointed by Mr Degens’ tactic of using media releases which claim rumour and innuendo as the basis of his statement. This is no way to conduct a political campaign when the issue is so serious.

“I have repeatedly said that a future Coalition Government would repeal sections of the Planning Act which gives developers the opportunity to use Section 3A to bypass local councils and have residential and commercial developments classified as State significance and referred to the Minister for approval rather than being decided on by local councils and residents.

“The concerns that have been raised with me by the vast majority of residents who could be affected by this development deal mainly with the increase in traffic through poorly designed streets in Sandy Beach. Some others have raised environmental issues in relation to the site.

“I also wish to make it abundantly clear that I am not against development in the Coffs Harbour electorate. In fact we have an obligation to provide environmentally friendly accommodation, not only for those people wishing to move to the area, but also for future generations of existing Coffs Harbour residents.

“The Greens attitude towards development would bring with it many social problems which would be totally unacceptable.”

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