District 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 Chinderah.

Both surveys showed overwhelming public support for a new District Centre at Chinderah.


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The District Centre at Chinderah - the May 2006 survey showed that 85% of
respondents support development of a new multi-purpose District Centre at Chinderah

Survey May 2006 - District Centre at Chinderah and Petition

2-page Survey sent by Australia Post to all Tweed Shire residents in May 2006 - Survey

Survey results:

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.

Results of the Survey showing overwhelming support for the District Centre at Chinderah - Graph of survey results 

 Table of suvey results by locality regarding the District Centre - District Centre survey results

Table of survey results by locality regarding the expansion of Tweed City - Tweed City survey results

43-pages of comments recevied from Tweed Shire survey respondents - Comments from Tweed residents

Petition results:

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. 

 

Petition presented to TSC Administrators and the Minister for Planning (attaching comments from Tweed resident) - Petition cover and Petition to TSC and Petition to Minister

 

Letter from the Minister for Planning dated 5 December 2006 - Letter from Minister
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".

Survey December 2005 - District Centre at Chinderah 

Survey (see last 2 pages) sent by Australia Post to all Tweed Coast residents in December 2005 - Survey and Report 

Results of survey showing overwhelming support for the District Centre at Chinderah - Graph 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

 

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