John’s letter to the editor of the Tweed Echo, published 03 September:
Developers of the huge The Point development at Hastings Point have been warned again regarding their conduct of building and marketing their development while before the Court of Appeal.
They and their builders, Hutchinsons, have publicly touted sales of this cement-like prison with display units available for viewing this coming Tweed Rally weekend, a great opportunity for spectators to view how inappropriate this development is for Hastings Point, and to imagine its potential demolition.
The stark truth of the matter is that The Point developers will likely lose in court and the community will be pressing for a demolition order.
Developers have been warned again and again. They ignore these warnings, one can only assume, because they think that if they build big enough and involve as many innocent parties as they can, no decision-maker could order demolition. WRONG!
The Hastings Point community is alarmed by reports that developers have failed to advise prospective purchasers of the issues before the court. Certainly, properly advising purchasers of these very material facts would likely cause them to make a different assessment of the risks – and to do that which the developers refuse to do: wait until legal proceedings are over.
Failing to disclose such material facts is misleading and deceptive. Buyers who put large sums down could be left out of pocket big time if The Point developers lose in court, go into administration or are ordered to demolish what is effectively an illegal building.
To involve innocent third parties in their risky endeavours without proper notice of the issues is completely reckless. Shame on you developers. Shame on you builders (Hutchinsons). Shame on you financiers (Westpac). The huge risk that you take is at your expense and should not and will not be rewarded.