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Revolt against Crown land deal

United: Jerry Cornford with supporters at Cudgen Creek who are protesting about the proposed Lot 490 development.
United: Jerry Cornford with supporters at Cudgen Creek who are protesting about the proposed Lot 490 development. John Gass

CONTROVERSY continues to surround a proposed development of Lot 490, a parcel of crown land between Kingscliff and Salt.

A meeting of the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) held on Thursday at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club saw 26 people speak out against the proposed development by construction company Leighton Properties.

Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association secretary Julie Murray welcomed the commission's invitation to speak at the meeting.

"Our association believes it vitally important that all members of the community have the opportunity to express their personal views," Ms Murray said.

Speakers at the meeting focused on issues such as the financial viability of the project, the loss of public amenity and the displacement of flora and fauna.

Mark Gray, Leighton Properties managing director, said: "The project is currently going through the statutory process including the planning assessment meeting.

"On conclusion of this process we will decide on our next course of action. ''

Association secretary Julie Murray said the committee would consider the submissions and hoped it would agree with the association's assessment that a development which would accommodate more than 1500 people was not appropriate.

Tweed Shire Councillor Katie Milne said the committee had three options to consider: it could give the proposal the "big tick", it could refuse the project outright or it could include some changes.

"The overwhelming majority of residents is against this project. How can it be in the public interest, if the public is against it," Cr Milne said.

Topics:  kingscliff, leighton properties, lot 490


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