Topics:  land sharing, reserve creek, tweed shire council

Communal land plan has benefits

A SYDNEY woman has applied to Tweed Shire Council to establish an environmentally sustainable rural land sharing community at Reserve Creek, west of Pottsville.

Pamela Johnson bought the property when her sister, who previously owned the property, died intestate.

Ms Johnson said she had a great emotional connection to the land but simply can't afford the mortgage.

"A friend suggested to me that I could set it up as a land sharing community and I thought it was a great idea," Ms Johnson said.

"I would keep ownership of the land but five separate home sites could be sold."

Ms Johnson said she was looking for people interested in living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

The homes would have strict environmental guidelines including a grey water system, composting toilets and no cats or dogs.

"The land up there is beautiful and we've mostly let it return to its natural state with patches of rainforest and that's how we'd like it to stay," Ms Johnson said.

"I have a huge attachment to the land but just can't afford it.

"If it (the development application) doesn't go through council, or if it ends up being too hard, I would probably have to sell the whole property in one and it would just about break my heart."

You can view the development application on the Tweed Shire Council website, tweed.nsw.gov.au.



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