Meeting to explain Lot 490

A PUBLIC meeting to inform Tweed residents over the future of the controversial Crown land south of Kingscliff known as Lot 490 will be held tonight.

Kingscliff's chamber of commerce and ratepayers association are jointly hosting the information meeting at the Kingscliff Amenities Hall at 7pm.

The State Government-appointed administrator for the land, Richard Dunning, will present details of the recommendations that were recently made by the Lot 490 steering committee to Minister for Lands Tony Kelly.

"It is critical that we inform the community at every stage of this process," chamber president and steering-committee member Rose Wright said.

"We wanted to make sure that the future of the site was resolved as quickly as possible," Ms Wright said.

Tweed Shire Council, she said, had deliberated over Lot 490's future for more than five years "and still had not finalised a plan of management when the neighbour needed to build the access road".

"The steering committee have had it for three months and have managed to finalise what we believe to be an excellent balance between community open space, environmental rehabilitation and commercial tourism uses and still give access via a new road."

One of the committee's recommendations was for a new bridge over Cudgen Creek be built to join Kingscliff with South Kingscliff and to restore environmental flows to the creek.

Ms Wright said other issues such as the location of the road and tourism facility were recommended after feedback from the community, most-appropriate public-use areas and the constraints, such as areas of environmental sensitivity, were considered.

"The community now needs to know what the process is from here and relevant timeframes for their input into the final recommendation to the minister".

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