Support Second Dwellings on all Rural land in the Tweed Shire.

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SUPPORT TWEED RURAL LAND HOLDERS HAVING THE RIGHT TO BUILD A DETACHED DUAL OCCUPANCY DWELLING ON THEIR PROPERTIES.

MAKING AGRICULTURE MORE VIABLE
Tweed rural landholders are struggling to survive due to the lack of viability of traditional agriculture in the Tweed and the massive costing in controlling invasive imported weeds.

DROUGHT PROOF PROPERTIES
Allowing a Detached Dual Occupancy (DDO) dwelling on all Rural RU1 and RU2 properties (regardless of lot size) would provide a drought-proof income stream and reduce reliance on farming under increasing drought conditions or increasing market price volatility.

PROVISION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
DDO dwellings would help ease rental stress in the Tweed which is urgently needed given that Tweed Heads is the 8th least affordable place to live in the world. Rental stress is one of the big factors in homelessness.

FARMERS CAN AGE IN PLACE
Rural landholders need the option to accommodate future family generations on farm as they age. Housing younger generations on farm provides the human resource needed to maintain the shires rural amenity, assisting with property maintenance, environmental rehabilitation and daily agricultural activities. This ensures that farming knowledge is not lost and is passed down through generations.

BENEFIT TO SUSTAIN RURAL COMMUNITIES
There is a desperate need to increase the number of residents in small rural village communities so as to provide increased support for local business, rural halls, schools, school bus runs and sports clubs.

PROVISION OF HOUSING WITHOUT INFRASTRUCTURE BEING FURTHER STRESSED
Rural housing has independent standalone water supply and effluent treatment systems. There are no additional loads placed on council infrastructure as this is provided privately on rural lots.

EQUITY FOR RURAL LAND HOLDERS
The 5 surrounding shires of Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore and Tenterfield have all supported DDO dwellings and have successfully implemented them into their shires.
If you are a resident of the Tweed Shire, then we ask you to please sign this petition so that rural landholders in the Tweed will be able to afford to continue maintaining the Tweed Shire for generations to come.

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Sponsored by - Tweed Rural Sustainability Alliance
An Alliance of Tweed Rural Farming, Business, Industries and Communities