Future up in the air

By DAVID MOASE

THE FUTURE of residents in the Corindi/Red Rock area is in the hands of the NSW Boundaries Commission for the second time in less than 12 months.

Clarence Valley Council has asked the Department of Local Government to redraw the boundary with Coffs Harbour City Council to give it control over the small communities.

It is only a matter of months since the the affected residents were moved from the jurisdiction of the former Pristine Waters council into the expanded Coffs Harbour City.

CVC's application follows a poll conducted by member for Clarence Steve Cansdell prior to Corindi/Red Rock's move to Coffs Harbour.

The mailout received 324 responses, with 86 per cent of people opposed to the transfer.

"When Mr Cansdell presented the results to Clarence Valley Council, (administrator) Neil Payne promised to take action," CVC spokesman Brian Lane said yesterday.

"That action took the form of a submission to the Department of Local Government that was sent in August."

Mr Lane said the council had not made its own inquiries about how happy Corindi/Red Rock residents were with their new council.

Coffs Harbour City Council resolved this week to send a submission opposing any change to the boundary.

Mayor Cr Keith Rhoades told the council on Thursday night that the residents of Corindi/Red Rock were being pushed around by the people who wanted them moved back to the Clarence.

"Since the people of Red Rock and Corindi became residents of Coffs Harbour, council has been committed to ensuring a warm welcome to our newest residents and making sure the transfer is a success," he said.

"In the six months since, a great deal of progress has been achieved towards providing the same level of services to those communities as other residents enjoy."

A spokeswoman for Local Government Minister Tony Kelly said the decision was now in the hands of the Boundaries Commission and would take 'some months rather than weeks'.



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