Lot 490 moves on


DEVELOPMENT of the Crown land south of Kingscliff known as Lot 490 has moved a step closer, with the call for expressions of interest to develop an eco-tourism resort.

Minister for Lands Tony Kelly inspected the 30-hectare site yesterday.

The state government took over the land two years ago from Tweed Shire Council, appointing a local steering committee to develop a management plan.

Council previously had the management rights for Lot 490, with an agreement that any income from development would be used to pay for the management of the shire's coastal reserves.

Public outcry over the then pro-development majority council's decision to realign the Coast Road through the middle of the site led to government intervention.

About 10 hectares of the site is earmarked for the resort, which Mr Kelly said would boost local tourism.

He said that his department called for proposals that would deliver the vision for the land as described in the plan.

The newly realigned Coast Road running through the lot, Mr Kelly said, was located away from sensitive foredune area with the end result "a big win for the community.

Kingscliff Ratepayers Association president Peter Gladwin welcomed the latest move in the long saga, saying the community was assured vital public carparking and beach access.

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