Consult is 'genuine'
TWEED mayor Warren Polglase says the council is genuine in its efforts to consult with the public regarding the possible sale of land in Cabarita. Local residents and community groups have been critical of the council for detailing the offer in the Tweed Link last week. Resort Corp, the developers of the former Cabarita Beach Hotel site, want to buy the land in Pandanus Parade for $5m to provide parking. Cr Polglase said the sale of the land would only proceed if the council, as the owner of the land, and the NSW State Government, as the approval authority, approve a development on the site to be proposed by Resort Corp. The land has a covenant in favour of the owners of the hotel site restricting its use to parking or any other use approved by the owners of the covenant, which is Resort Corp. Cr Polglase also said any suggestion that Pandanus Parade would be closed to traffic was wrong. "There is no such suggestion currently before the council. Any such proposal in future would have to be approved by both the council and the State Government. "As far as I am concerned as mayor of the Tweed there will always be vehicular and pedestrian access to the surf life saving club and the beach. "The offer of in excess of $5 million will make a big difference to the council in its aim to achieve community improvements. Council has already had an independent valuation of the land and ascertained that the offer by Resort Corp is equivalent to market value," he said.