Developer of Lot 490 to heed call

THE developer of a prime piece of public land on the Tweed Coast known as Lot 490 has vowed to take on board public concerns over issues such as a lack of car parking and public access.

Leighton Properties Queensland state manger Andrew Borger says members of the public have raised concern about public access to some of the facilities in a resort planned for the site immediately south of Cudgen Creek bridge, the amount of public car parking and protecting the natural environment.

"We will be taking on board these comments as we refine the master plan proposal," Mr Borger said.

The concerns have been raised during public consultation which is continuing until the end of July.

As a condition of the lease of the site from the NSW Department of Lands, community feedback must be sought regarding $5.26 million of community facilities, public space and environmental rehabilitation, to be provided as part of a resort development on the land. Mr Borger said the comments had been made during a public presentation staged to the Kingscliff and District Chamber of Commerce, two community meetings with Kingscliff and Aboriginal community groups, three staffed displays at the Kingscliff Markets, a static display at the Kingscliff Library and in community surveys.

Mr Borger, however, claims some misinformation has been circulating among the community about the resort and the site.

"Community members were relieved to learn that the resort premises will remain wholly within the portion of Lot 490 located to the east of Casuarina Way, while public car parking on Lot 500 for the beach access will not be used for resort guests," Mr Borger said.

"We intend to develop a resort and community facilities that guests and locals will be proud of."

He said residents interested in receiving information or updates about the project should contact the free call project hotline on 1800 282 158 or speak directly to a project team member by emailing kingscliffresort@pb.com.au. Other information on the proposed resort can be accessed via the Leighton Properties website at www.kingscliffresort.com.au The proposed community facilities include an interpretive centre, an outdoor park and stage area, a children's playground, a kayak-hire shed, picnic shelters, bikeways, boardwalks, change rooms, provision for community markets and beachside car parking.



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