Cabarita land sale voted out

CONTROVERSIAL plans to sell public land at Cabarita Beach - possibly for a new pub - may have finally been buried.

Tweed Shire councillors who have been at the centre of public protests against proposals that could have seen the land sold to developers Resort Corp yesterday moved to protect it.

Only Cr John Murray, who declared the move could end hopes of a tavern being reestablished in the beachfront township, voted against the motion calling for no sale of public land. Two councillors however did not vote. Cr Bernie Bell was away and Cr Bob Brinsmead declared a conflict of interest because family members are involved in Resort Corp.

The debate was watched by local residents, some wearing "Keep Cabarita Special" t-shirts.

The move to "discontinue all negotiations with interested parties and advise them the land is not for sale" was put forward by Cr Max Boyd who said the public had made opposition to the sale "abundantly clear".

"People don't want to see a square inch of that land sold," he said.

Cr Steve Dale said Cabarita had always had an ideal site for a tavern.

That, he argued, was the site where it stood for many years on land Resort Corp is redeveloping on the southern side of Pandanus Parade.

"It should go back in the place where it has always been," he said later, likening the former tavern to "John Cornell's pub in Byron Bay" which attracted people from far and wide "in droves".

But Cr Murray said no decision should "sneak through" until a development control plan is finalised for the township.

He said the decision could end any chance of a tavern ever being rebuilt at Cabarita.

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