Duranbah Hill 'incorrect'

A TWEED historian has hit back at a developer for trying to rename a section of historic Point Danger as Duranbah Hill.

Peter Winter says the part of the iconic point involved, about 100 metres from the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse, was once known as Flagstaff Hill because of its physical separation from the Queensland side by a border fence, but never Duranbah Hill.

Last week Consolidated Properties announced plans for the region's first "super-premium apartment building" with 12 boutique units selling from $2 million to $3.5 million each on what it dubbed "Duranbah Hill".

The site near the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse overlooks Duranbah Beach. In the early 1990s that name sparked controversy, with some Tweed Shire councillors arguing it is nowhere near the rural Tweed locality of Duranbah.

Mr Winter said the area was "definitely Point Danger", but conceded the Tweed side has in the past been called Flagstaff Hill because an important pilot's station used to monitor shipping was located there.

"When I was a kid we always called the Coolangatta side Point Danger and the other side Flagstaff Hill," Mr Winter said.

"The border fence, which was there until 1957, used to be two barbed wire fences that ran down from there to the back of the airport.

"To get from the Tweed Heads side to the Coolangatta side you had to go right down the bottom of the hill and through the border gates."

Mr Winter said locals did once use the name Duranbah Hill, but not for that site. It was applied to a small knoll which has mostly disappeared at the bottom of Point Danger near the mouth of the river where residents stood to watch passing boats.

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