February 20, 2021

Nightcap Community Consultation

Mark McMurtrie and Nightcap "Freemen" confrontation

There's more than meets the eye to Nightcap Development application!

Nightcap on Minjungbal is more than just a money-making development. The "Freemen" who claim to be running the show are occupying property at 3222 Kyogle Rd, and selling "tribal title" to "pre-DA dwelling sites" in a proposed aboriginal "autonomous nation," in opposition to government authority. 

We are told that after three definitive rejections over three years, a DA application by NCV Enterprises  was lodged with  Tweed Shire Council just before the Christmas break. A 14 day option to oppose the application expired the day before councillors returned to work, and the application was accepted by default.  

The application for development of multiple rural land sharing communities requests consent to commence the first stage of a strongly contested venture that began in 2014 and is marketed globally as an "off-matrix tribal experience".

Comment by Mt Burrell Resident David Vincent

Since December 2014 we, at Mount Burrell, have had the misfortune of having to contend with a bunch of people intent on impacting on our rural lifestyle to make a quick dollar. You may be aware of the failed Bhula Bhula Intentional Community where some trusting people wanted to enjoy our beautiful valley. Well, they lost a combined total of $2.5 Million and had to leave the property.

The same group have now put forward a plan to create a similar community but on a much larger scale ... this will be 400 dwellings at 2984 and 3222 Kyogle Road. Put this is perspective, at the last census, the village of UKI had 300 dwellings, the average number of people in each dwelling was 2.5 people and the average number of motor vehicles per dwelling was 1.9. Using the Uki figures this would mean another 1000 people in our area and another 760 cars on our road. It’s not hard to visualise the impact this would have on our road, our wild life and our environment.

Council will be advertising this application on February 17th for a 28-day period. During this time we can review and comment. This is a complicated DA and there will be more posts as we consider all aspects of this new township. If you are from Mount Burrell, Kunghur, Nimbin, Byrill Creek, Uki and Murwillumbah, I suggest you spend time considering the implication of this crazy scheme.

Have your say on the DA application:


The DA application DA21/0010, lodged 14/01/2021, is described by Tweed Shire Council as :

"Integrated Development - staged concept development application under s4.22 of the EP&A Act 1979 for multiple rural land sharing communities with stage 1 seeking approval for the upgrade of the existing private road and associated earthworks, vegetation removal and site construction office and storage area (NRPP)"

Estimated Cost of Work: $37,076,000.00

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