Letter assault set to battle red tape

CORINDI Beach residents are being urged to write to the Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly, in an attempt to overcome the bureaucratic nightmare that is preventing an upgrade of the village skatepark.

Coffs Harbour City Council has put aside money from the Section 94 development funds allocated to the village, for an urgent upgrade.

But because the park sits on property owned by Department of Lands, council has no power to begin the project - listed as a major priority by residents in a recent survey.

Attempts by council to overcome the problem with Lands have ended in stalemate with intransigent Lands' staff refusing to attend a community meeting last month.

Now Corindi Community Inc officers are asking fed-up residents to bombard Mr Kelly with letters and emails to voice their concerns at the lack of progress by his staff.

“There has been no advance over several years in the social and recreational assets needed by this village,” the sample letter to Kelly said.

“You personally inspected this area on May 9 this year and stated in a press release that the Department of Lands and Coffs Harbour City Council need to talk,' the letter states.

Corindi Inc secretary Barbara Robson said there is sufficient money to fund this project.

“All they (CHCC) need is a decision to co-operate from Lands,” she said.

Department of Lands owns several community assets in the village and all are in a serious state of disrepair.

The community hall has broken windows and unusable toilets.

And the tennis courts have been the subject of decay over several years with no maintenance and the sportsground is in dire need of maintenance work.

“We have been trying for 15 months to get answers from Lands. Letters, emails and phone calls - nothing,” said Mrs Robson.

“This ridiculous situation needs to be sorted out fast as there is a blatant lack of respect for this community from the Department of Lands.”

Residents are being asked to direct their complaints to Minister Kelly via email: sharon.armstrong

@lands.nsw.gov.au or in writing to Minister for Lands, Level 34 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000.

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