Call to end bickering over Cabarita's beaches
TWEED Mayor Warren Polglase has called for an end to "personality clashes" in the row over redevelopment of Cabarita's Pandanus Parade beachside precinct. But Councillor Polglase denied Tweed Shire Council's call for public comment on Resort Corp's $5 million offer to buy Council-owned land on Pandanus Parade was an attempt to pressure the Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club to accept an offer from the developer to build a new life saving clubhouse. Cr Polglase said Council remained committed to giving the surf club $500,000 yet was still waiting on a quantity surveyor's report on the club's own plans for a new clubhouse. He said the community had waited for years for a new surf club at Pandanus Parade and it was no longer acceptable to do nothing. Cr Polglase conceded the redevelopment had been "held up by personalities from all sides" and Resort Corp retained a car-parking covenant over the Council land, but now it was time for Council "go on the front foot". "We need to forget about the personality clashes," he said. Community watchdog group Tweed Monitor said Council's plan to sell the land to Resort Corp contradicted recommendations in Council's Draft Coastline Management Plan. Monitor spokesman Jerry Cornford said Resort Corp wanted to create a pedestrian mall commercial centre with limited underground parking, which also contradicted Development Control Plan recommendations to improve beach access and restore open space. Mr Cornford said a DCP committee had rejected Resort Corp's proposal as over-development, but "it is our fear that Council's majority faction will delay implementation of the final DCP until a deal has been done with Resort Corp". He said if Council insisted on selling the site it should be put to public tender, although the money raised was already earmarked to be spent on other projects in the shire with Cabarita residents gaining nothing.