Centre - Surveys, Petition and Results
In December 2005 and May 2006 Gales carried
out surveys of Tweed Coast residents and Tweed Shire residents respectively,
in order to ask Tweed residents whether they wanted a new District Centre at
Both surveys showed overwhelming public
support for a new District Centre at Chinderah.
The District Centre at Chinderah - the May 2006 survey showed that 85% of
respondents support development of a new multi-purpose District Centre at
Survey May 2006 -
District Centre at Chinderah and Petition
Survey sent by Australia Post to all Tweed Shire residents in May 2006 -
The largest Tweed Shirewide Survey ever
conducted on retail needs in the Tweed Shire showed:
- 85.7% of the 2,136
respondents (who expressed a preference) support development of a new
multi-purpose District Centre at Chinderah.
- 73.5% of the 1,990 respondents (who
expressed a preference) oppose expansion of Tweed City beyond its present
size. Note: Despite these results, the Administrators approved the
expansion of Tweed City.
- 2,735 signatures
(82.1%) in support of the petition calling for repeal by Tweed Shire
Council of its decision to prevent planning for a new District Centre at
Chinderah, and commencement of planning for that centre.
of the Survey showing overwhelming support for the District Centre
at Chinderah - Graph
of survey results
of suvey results by locality regarding the District Centre -
Centre survey results
survey results by locality regarding the expansion of Tweed City -
City survey results
of comments recevied from Tweed Shire survey respondents
from Tweed residents
The petition containing over 2,700 signatures
in support of commencing planning for the District Centre at Chinderah was
delivered to both the Administrators and the Minister for Planning.
presented to TSC Administrators and the Minister for Planning (attaching
comments from Tweed resident) - Petition
cover and Petition
to TSC and Petition
from the Minister for Planning dated 5 December 2006 - Letter
The response from the Minister for
Planning was that the site is not currently zoned for the proposed use, is
inconsistent with the Draft North Coast Regional Strategy and Council's Retail
Strategy dated September 2005. However, he noted that "The
subject land is identified for future emplyment lands, being predominantly
industrial and commercial uses".
2005 - District Centre at Chinderah
Survey (see last 2 pages) sent by Australia Post to all
Tweed Coast residents in December 2005 - Survey
of survey showing overwhelming support for the District Centre at Chinderah -
of survey results
- Over 75% of households who
responded to the survey believe that there should be a new District Centre
on the Tweed Coast.
- The call for development of a coastal
district centre is universal and widespread throughout the coastal section
of Tweed Shire. In the main coastal localities, the need for a
centre is supported by 70% of Kingscliff residents, 80% of those in
Cabarita-Bogangar and 90% at Pottsville.
- Out of the 675 coastal households who
returned the survey, 509 stated that there should be a new District Centre
on the Tweed Coast.
- Over 66% of respondents support holding an
independent inquiry into the need for a coastal district centre, at which
all options would be considered.
- This survey was an overwhelming vote in
favour of a coastal district centre, and is a complete condemnation of the
decision by Tweed Shire Council’s Administrators in November 2005 that
there should not be a new district centre.
- The Administrators decision that there
would be no new district centre on the Tweed Coast was taken without any
consultation whatsoever with the community, and conflicts with advice
provided to the Council in numerous reports over the last few years, and
with the Council’s previous promises to the coastal population that
there will be a new district centre