Company denies plan to develop controversial hillside
By ED SOUTHORN
THE chief of one of Australia's biggest property development com-%panies, MFS Diversified Group, yesterday declined to express an%opinion about residents' concerns over plans to build one of the largest new subdivisions in Tweed Heads on a 50-hectare vacant site with unstable slopes and partially flood-prone land.
MFS chief executive Brent Hailey told the Daily News his company was buying a flat portion of the site to develop "standard house and land packages" and was not involved with an application to NSW Planning for approval to go ahead with the project, which would require extensive cutting and filling.
However, NSW Planning's current Major Projects register lists MFS and another company, Greenview Developments Pty Ltd, as%the "proponent" of the Fraser%Drive project.
NSW Planning will ultimately make recommendations to Planning Minister Frank Sartor on the subdivision proposal for the site, zoned for residential development.
Asked if there was anything he wanted to say to neighbouring residents objecting to the proposal because they fear landslips and flooding, Mr Hailey said: "I have no opinion on that. There is a series of processes and reports to follow. We are simply a land purchaser."
Mr Hailey is president of the%Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland division.
The site was previously owned by the Sullivan family of the Pioneer Country function centre on Fraser Drive.
It was sold to Greenview Developments, a local developer, about five years ago, which now proposes to develop the hilly portion and build roads for the entire site, according to Mr Hailey.
Greenview boss Brian Turner could not be contacted yesterday and a NSW Planning spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Tweed Shire Council in 2002%approved the dumping of 110,000 cubic metres of fill on the flat portion of the site.
A petition against the project% organised by nearby residents has collected more than 60 names.