Up in arms: More than 150 people braved the rain to protest about the proposed Hearnes Lake development.
Up in arms: More than 150 people braved the rain to protest about the proposed Hearnes Lake development. Bruce Thomas

Protestors turn on development

RESIDENTS are stepping up their opposition to a proposed 200-lot subdivision on the Northern Beaches.

This Saturday they will stage their third protest in as many weeks and this time they will march to make their opposition to the subdivision south of Hearnes Lake and north of Sandy Beach louder and stronger.

More than 150 people attended the protest on Saturday at Hearnes Lake Road.

“We gathered more information about the proposal and Coffs Harbour City Councillor Rodney Degens chaired the meeting,” said one of the organisers, Di Ericson.

“He spoke really well and gave us background on the process council has taken with this issue since 2006. The protest group is supporting the council’s original decision to approve 35 lots, not 200 lots.

“This has come out of left field and it’s gone straight down to the Department of Planning.

“We are determined to stop it.”

Ms Ericson said residents would sign more protest letters which would be fired into the department.

National Parks Association spokesman for Coffs Harbour and Bellingen, Ashley Love, has also lent his support to the protestors.

This Saturday’s meeting will be held at the end of Ti-Tree Road at Sandy Beach.

“This location has been chosen as it will be one of the access points into the proposed subdivision,” Ms Ericson said.

“Residents plan to march from this point to the other entry point at Pine Crescent.

“The march will highlight the current infrastructure problems of existing low-lying flooding issues, lack of kerb and guttering and footpaths and current draining problems from the recent wet weather.”

The implications for Sandy Beach of a ‘doubling’ of traffic exiting via Pine Crescent or Ti-Tree Road onto Diamond Head Drive will also be examined.



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