Cabarita needs a family venue
NELL Boyd moved to Cabarita from Victoria 22 years ago.
She loves Cabarita dearly and believes any redevelopment of the Pandanus Parade beachfront precinct should be kept to a minimum, to guarantee convenient beach access is retained for families.
"We need our old pub back," Nell said.
"Our children love to come up here for holidays, and a highlight was going to the pub for dinner.
"That new thing that isn't built yet won't have the same atmosphere."
Nell is opposed to any redevelop- ment opposite the old pub site, where a new hotel is under construction, which could restrict beach access.
"People need to be able to take the kids to the beach," she said.
"If there's a big new complex there the people living in the new apartments will take up the parking spaces.
"It will just get too crowded. People using the beach will have to walk too far.
"We need a surf club there, that's the most important thing, so the kids can swim in peace."
Cabarita petrol station owner Greg De Lanty said the beach was Cabarita's best asset for residents and local business and open space beach access should be a priority.
"Everywhere from Port Douglas all the way down the coast is upmarket condominiums. Families are being pushed out," Mr De Lanty said.
Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club has voted to reject a $2 million offer from Resort Corp to build a new clubhouse as part of a proposed beachfront apartment complex and will push ahead with plans to raise funds for a clubhouse planned to be built next year.