Resort Corp keen for hotel

DEVELOPER Resort Corp yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to build a hotel in Cabarita but only if it can find a suitable site.

Managing director Peter Madrers said his company remained "absolutely dedicated" to delivering a Byron Bay-style hotel or tavern with food outlets and an outdoor area in the town.

"The plan for the hotel is not dead at all ... however it is true to say that there are very few locations, if any, available in Cabarita," Mr Madrers said in a press release.

"If we can't, within a reasonable period secure an appropriate location in Cabarita, we will simply have to look at alternative locations."

Mr Madrers said other potential sites were the "fringes of Cabarita", including the nearby upmarket Casuarina estate, Hastings Point and other similar areas.

It now planned to formally advise the council it had withdrawn its offer to acquire the public land and to help the Cabarita Surf Club to develop a new club house.

But at the same time it was considering community and council approval to acquire a 1000 sq metre portion of the public land on Pandanus Parade for a new tavern.

"If this is met with support, we'd then seek to negotiate the release of our covenants over the balance of the three lots, ensuring that they can be retained as open space and a car park," he said. "One thing is certain, Resort Corp commercially must make full use of its liquor and gaming licences."

His statement follows a community outcry over an earlier report that the company would be forced to take its liquor licences elsewhere if locals continued to oppose its preferred site on public land on Pandanus Avenue.

Mr Madrers strongly denied making a specific threat, but said the company was faced with the commercial reality of finding the right site.

A spokesman for the Liquor Administration Board said Resort Corp can legally move its liquor licence to another town as long as it can demonstrate that its chosen location does not create impact adversely on the community.

A Department of Planning and Natural Resources spokesman said there was no condition of consent requiring Resort Corp to build a hotel anywhere in the town.

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