Public response to Cabarita land sale 'biggest ever'
By ED SOUTHORN
A CALL for community comment on Tweed Shire's controversial suggestion to sell off beachside land at Cabarita has generated the biggest public response to any proposal before the council in more than a decade.
Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase yesterday said that more than 1700 submissions had been received for the proposal to sell off the public land as part of a Resort Corp redevelopment plan for Pandanus Parade.
"That's well above what we'd normally expect to get (for any proposal) in the 12 years I've been on Council," Councillor Polglase said.
"Many of our major projects only get 20 or 30 submissions."
Council staff are still assessing the Pandanus Parade submissions two months after the closing date for lodgement, Cr Polglase advised.
He said he had been told by shire officers last week that due to the extraordinarily high number of submissions, including a petition, there would be no officers' recommendations to councillors on the public land sale idea before the end of the year.
Cr Polglase said it was possible the council would consider recommendations at its first meeting in January.
The submissions included calls for a tavern to be reinstated at Cabarita, which the Mayor said could also require some land to be sold.
He indicated Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club's decision to push on with its own redevelopment plans, instead of accepting an offer to be part of the Resort Corp proposal, had already jeopardised any sale of the public land in conjunction with Resort Corp.
"I'D be very surprised if Council suppported any (public land) sale at this stage," Cr Polglase said.
He suggested the huge response to the council's call for public comment was due to an orchestrated campaign by people opposed to the public land sale.
Cr Polglase denied the NSW Government inquiry into Tweed Shire Council's links with developers had forced the council to back away from the public land sale idea.
The mayor's comments were in response to a request from Cabarita Beach/Bogangar Residents Association secretary Cath Lynch, who asked yesterday when the council would decide on the future of Pandanus Parade, since it was now two months since the extended closing date for public comment on the public land sale idea.
Ms Lynch said Cr Polglase had earlier indicated the council would decide before Christmas on wheth- er it was going ahead with the public land sale.
Her request comes as the residents group tonight presents its alternative proposal for Pandanus Parade, which features the retention of open space.
The meeting at the Baptist Community Church Hall, 101 Cabarita Road, starts at 7.30pm.