Land sale under scrutiny

A probity officer's report into the proposed controversial sale of public land in Pandanus Parade, Cabarita Beach, is unlikely to have a major bearing on whether or not Tweed Shire Council will sell it.

Developers Resort Corp has offered $5.275 million to purchase five lots of Council-owned land in the popular seaside village, prompting more than 1700 submissions protesting the sale.

Since then, a probity officer has been appointed to report on the processes of the proposed sale. That report is due to be tabled in three to four weeks.

However, Tweed Shire Council general manager Dr John Griffin told a Council meeting this week that it was up to councillors to decide if the sale goes ahead and the report would be just another facet of information on which to base their decision.

Cr Max Boyd had asked what influence the report, whether it gave the sale process the all-clear or not, would have on Council's decision to sell the land.

However, Dr Griffin said the decision was likely to be made on other factors rather than the integrity of the process.

Meanwhile, Cr Steve Dale said he was concerned that a staff report, tabled in council this week, appeared to "effectively discount" the 1749 written submissions received protesting the sale of the land.

But Dr Griffin said the submissions were very significant and would be reflected in a final report.

However, Dr Griffin did agree with Cr Boyd who said the staff report had not conveyed the history of Resort Corp's offer to the adjoining surf club for its land or of concessions they sought for a tavern and other related issues.

Resort Corp are currently redeveloping the old-pub site into luxury apartments.

Councillors voted unanimously to defer a decision on the proposed land sale till they receive the probity officer's report. Cr Bob Brinsmead, whose son and son-in-law are directors of Resort Corp, did not vote after declaring a family interest.

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