Caba units a ?payback
CABARITA residents are up in arms over a renewed push to allow tourist-style accommodation units on council-owned beachfront land in the village.
The council voted 6-5 along factional lines to allow unit development and mixed commercial uses on five council-owned blocks and two privately-owned blocks between Pandanus Parade and Palm Avenue under a draft development control plan.
Cabarita Residents Association secretary Cath Lynch yesterday blasted the decision, saying the council's pro-development "six-pack" had ignored the wishes of locals.
"We are disgusted and incensed by the amendments to the draft DCP which totally contradict our recommendations that the land be kept as open space," she said.
Ms Lynch said she believed that the amendments were designed as a payback against residents who opposed earlier moves to sell some of the land to Resort Corp, developers of an adjacent resort.