Leightons' eco-resort gets nod
A MAJOR Australian property developer has won the right to set up an eco-tourist resort on prime public land just south of Kingscliff. NSW Lands Tony Kelly late yesterday announced Leighton Properties had won the tender for the Lot 490 eco-tourism project between Cudgen Creek and the Salt development . Mr Kelly said Leightons would now proceed with detailed planning and was expected to lodge a development application towards the end of this year. Leighton Properties director Bob Borger said the company was delighted and 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. President of the Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association Pete Gladwin congratulated Leightons. "We congratulate them and are looking forward to working with them," he said. "We look forward to the company sticking to the plan of management and holding meaningful dialogue with the community." Mr Gladwin said the plan of management adopted by the NSW Government had envisaged a third of the site used for eco-tourist units such as cabins. "It's a different typed of development to what the Tweed has normally had," he said. Mr Kelly said the project would generate much needed jobs and tourism dollars for the Tweed area during its construction and future operation. "The Iemma Government is proud to support initiatives that generate jobs and improve public facilities for the Tweed whilst safeguarding the unique and pristine coast for future generations," Mr Kelly said. Controversy over the future of the public land dates back more than a decade with former councillors previously accused of favouring certain developers. The NSW Government took control back from the council and in 2005 adopted a plan of management for the area after many public meetings. In March 2006 the government invited four interested developers to submit detailed plans.