Chinderah shops get thumbs up

By PETER CATON

TWEED Coast residents want a district shopping centre despite a Council ruling that South Tweed should remain as the main shopping precinct.

That's according to a major survey commissioned by a developer who wants to build a district shopping centre at Chinderah.

Gales Holdings has released the results of a survey conducted by Gold Coast-based urban planning consultants which involved a mail-out to about 6500 Tweed Coast households.

Just over 10 per cent of people replied ? a figure considered acceptable for that type of voluntary survey ? with a majority calling for a new district centre.

Gales Holdings director Stephen Segal said the survey had been the most comprehensive ever done on the Tweed Coast but had been dismissed by Tweed Shire administrators.

He also criticised the Kingscliff Ratepayers Association which has been vocal in its opposition to a new district shopping centre.

Dr Segal said the survey of coastal residents showed 77 per cent were in favour of a new district shopping centre and 66 per cent wanted an inquiry into the need for one.

"We have sent the results, but not yet the attached report, to the administrators and KRPA, and both say that they do not change their opinion against a new Centre," he said.

"The survey and report show... how non representative is KRPA and the public meetings packed out by them, and how hollow is the administrators' claim that 'consultation is the key'.

Kingscliff Ratepayers Association president Pete Gladwin could not be reached for comment.

Council staff referred inquiries to chief administrator Garry Payne but he was not available.



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