Letter to the Editor - November 22: No to a dune deal

PRIDEL Investments plans a 39-lot subdivision behind the sand dunes at Emerald Beach.

This development should be rejected by CHCC for a myriad of reasons. Forget for the moment the solid environmental arguments and concentrate on the one that always draws attention - the hip pocket.

The development sits directly behind sand dunes which form a natural barrier to the sea. Residents will obviously access the beach through the dunes. Multiple tracks will eventuate. Inevitably, this will cause blow-out and eventual destruction of the dunes. Result? Inundation and flooding.

Judging by the precedent set at Byron Bay and other coastal areas threatened by sea encroachment there will be a heart-rending cry from property owners for council or state and federal governments to "fix the problem".

The general public in the form of ratepayers or tax payers will be called upon to pay to solve a problem which was totally predictable.

Coffs Harbour Council must protect current and future ratepayers from this cost and reject the Pridel development.

Fears that the land and environment court may uphold an objection should not deter Council.

John Doherty

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