Finally, thumbs up for Lot 490
KINGSCLIFF community and business groups have welcomed the final plan of management for the controversial crown land known as Lot 490 and adjoining reserves south of Kingscliff paving the way for eco-tourism development.
NSW Lands Minister Tony Kelly and Tweed MP Neville Newell yesterday were joined by community groups, members of the Lot 490 steering committee and representatives from local and State agencies for the launch of the plan at a park opposite the public-reserve.
A key element of the plan is the realignment of the Coast Road within Lot 490 - bringing to a close an issue which sparked public outcry and government intervention last year when the former Tweed Shire Council moved to allow the Ray Group, the developers of Salt, to build the road through the middle of the site.
As a result, an administrator and steering committee were appointed by the government to manage the reserve.
The new road will be built by the Ray Group at a total cost of about $750,000 and then dedicated to council, with work expected to start soon and completion due around Christmas.
Community groups praised the final plan of management as a good outcome for tourism, public recreation and the environment.
Kingscliff Ratepayers Association president Peter Gladwin said the plan was not just about the community today but for future generations who would now be "able to enjoy unfettered public access to the beach".
Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce president and steering committee member Rose Wright said it was "fantastic" to see the plan finally come to fruition and welcomed the fact that council could itself now tender to build ecotourism-style accommodation on the site after previously being ruled out by the now-sacked council.