Lot 490 developer defends resort plan
THE developer of Tweed's next huge resort has rejected claims it will worsen the shortage of public car parking on the Tweed Coast and that the project is being pushed through without sufficient community consultation.
Leighton Properties which has won a government contract to develop one of the last untouched stretches of the Tweed Coast hopes to start construction of the resort boasting 180 tourist bungalows by the middle of next year.
The company's Queensland state manager Andrew Borger instead says his company has received encouraging feedback to its proposals for the resort development on a beachfront crown land reserve south of Kingscliff known as Lot 490.
Leighton Properties which wants to build a $105 million resort on the land stretching between Cudgen Creek and the beach.
Mr Borger said his firm is also receiving a mounting number of inquiries from local people, sub-contractors and suppliers wanting to work with the project.
He rejected claims in the Tweed Daily News last week by local resident Trevor Reece that planned public parking in beach front areas would be quickly taken up by visitors to the 180 tourist bungalows.
He also dismissed claims by Mr Reece that the public "at the very least... deserve a public night meeting" to discuss concerns about the project.
"We will have parking on site for all of our guests," said Mr Borger. "We have had a number of public meetings already. We had a Chamber of Commerce meeting and so far had two open days at the Kingscliff Markets.
"We have a website and have publicised that. We have been very transparent through public meetings and information to people."
Mr Borger said Leighton Properties was also still encouraging residents to visit their local library or the Kingscliff Markets over the coming months to view plans.
A masterplan of the resort and details regarding the proposed community facilities have been put on display at the Kingscliff Library till July and are being shown at the regular Saturday markets.
"We have already received some excellent ideas and invaluable feedback from the local Kingscliff community in relation to what residents would like to see and do as part of the resort development at Lot 490," he said.
The "eco-friendly development" is to include a range of community facilities, 180 low rise bungalows for tourist accommodation and extensive environmental rehabilitation of Lot 490 and adjoining crown land known as lots 489 and 500.
Plans also show improved pedestrian and bicycle access to Bogangar Beach, Cudgen Creek and bushland areas.