Kingscliff's Lot 490 lease to be signed
AFTER nearly five months of delays, detailed plans for a multi-million dollar eco-resort on public beachfront land south of Kingscliff are about to go on display. The NSW government is preparing to sign a formal lease for Lot 490 between Cudgen Creek and the prestigious Salt development. The signing, to happen within the next fortnight, comes almost five months after Lands Minister Tony Kelly announced major Australian property developer Leighton Holdings had won the right to develop the site. Some Tweed Coast locals had begun to feel they were being left in the dark after months ticked by without any word from the government. A spokesperson for Mr Kelly yesterday said the Department of Lands expected to sign a lease agreement in the next two weeks. He said the length of negotiations and preparation of contractual matters reflected "the desire of both parties to clarify issues that arise when substantial community benefits are required of the developer". Once the lease is signed the master- plan and associated material will be "immediately" put on public display and Leighton will then "undertake a community consultation process". "Leightons' consultation strategy provides for wide exposure of the development proposal and opportunity for comment prior to submitting a development application," the spokesman said. "The consultation process will encourage feedback on issues of concern to community and will ultimately seek to refine the proposal, particularly regarding proposed improvements to the public domain, to meet community expectations." Mr Kelly said the project would generate much-needed jobs and tourism dollars for the Tweed during its construction and future operation. Leighton Properties director Bob Borger said the company would call the project Summer Waters. It would feature lightweight holiday bungalows in a natural setting along with community facilities, extensive rehabilitation and a walkway system.