Friends appalled by Council?s ultimatum

FRIENDS of Currumbin has accused the Gold Coast City Council of not gaining adequate community input for plans surrounding the Palm Beach Currumbin RSL Bowls Club site.

Friends secretary Dr Bruce Moon said the group was appalled the council and the Currumbin Palm Beach RSL had put up a "take it or leave it" ultimatum to the community.

The RSL has proposed a "still-water" public parkland on the prime site bordering the north side of the Currumbin Creek river mouth.

Council would fund and own parklands infrastructure and its facilities, with the RSL to lease back from council a kiosk-style building planned for the site.

The only other option presented to ratepayers involved leaving the site vacant until the RSL's lease on the Queensland Governmentowned land lapses in 2013.

"It's nothing but pure arrogance .?.?. council needs to ask ratepayers what design they want and what facilities ought be provided in the Palm Beach Parklands," Dr Moon said.

He said the idea of Palm Beach parklands was first re- leased in a draft and put to the public in December 2003.

"Friends of Currumbin advised councillor Daphne McDonald in January 2004 that council must consult with the public before developing any plan for the old bowls club site," he said.

"Sadly, the pictorial description for the proposed Palm Beach Parklands in the 2003 document is almost identical to that currently being foisted on ratepayers.

"There has been ample time for Council to ask the community what design and facilities should be considered."

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