United we stand: More than 220 people turned out for the latest protest against the proposed Hearnes Lake development.
United we stand: More than 220 people turned out for the latest protest against the proposed Hearnes Lake development. Submitted

Locals rally against development

SANDY Beach residents have rallied for the third time in as many weeks against the proposed Hearnes Lake development.

More than 220 locals gathered at the end of Ti-Tree Road at Sandy Beach, determined as ever to stop the 200-lot subdivision south of Hearnes Lake and north of Sandy Beach going ahead.

Concerned residents spokesman Douglas McDonald said it was made clear at the rally that the campaign was to be peaceful with no politics or policies from any political party or group.

“We oppose it on environmental grounds because of the damage it will do to the Hearnes Lake wetland site and all wildlife that lives there,” he said.

“We oppose it because it takes no account of the vastly increased traffic it will bring to Ti-Tree Road, Pine Crescent and the sole route into Sandy Beach, Diamond Head Drive, during construction and when completed.

“We oppose it because the land is flood-prone and if built up will cause flooding in Sandy Beach. According to the State Government, this land will also be threatened by rising sea levels.”

Mr McDonald said the group supported the suggestion by the National Parks Association that the RTA should make some environmental compensation for the land taken for the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade by buying the Hearnes Lake land from the developers.

“All in attendance were instructed to be aware of traffic, be respectful of people’s property boundaries and march down Maple Road and Pine Crescent to see for themselves how narrow these streets are now and how they could not cope with more traffic,” he said. “For this many people to attend a rally at the busiest time of year, one week before Christmas, should send a message to the State Government of the locals’ dismay of this development proposal.”



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