Price could be more than legal fees

CONNIE O'Connell says she has put in submissions and protests to all levels of government about Hearnes Lake for nine years.

The Nana Glen resident and community activist says the proposal to put 200 houses on the Sandy Shores site was “ill conceived from the beginning”. “The council can't afford not to proceed (with the court action) because the cost of meeting flood mitigation expenses will be horrendous,” Mrs O'Connell said.

“Already insurance companies are putting up the prices of car insurance here because they consider Coffs Harbour postcode a flood area.

“What is going to happen if they get the development through – what happens to the development applica-tions when they reach council?”

On the environmental side, she said the proposal to plant 500,000 trees on the site would not compensate for the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, which would be lost forever under the proposal.

“The trouble is they don't get out from behind their desks,” Mrs O'Connell said.

“The Mid North Coast strategic plan says the area will be protected by a greenbelt.”

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