Segal pushes for new centre
KINGSCLIFF could have a major new district shopping centre within four years ? if only Tweed Shire Council can get its planning act together. That's the view of one of the area's main landholders, Dr Stephen Segal, whose company Gales Holdings has negotiated a land swap with Tweed Shire Council for the site of the current Kingscliff sewerage treatment plant which is being replaced. Dr Segal wants to build a major district shopping centre for the Tweed Coast on the site, saying it is ideal because it has ready access from the Pacific Highway and Tweed Coast Road. The shopping centre would be larger than the current retail complex off Pearl Street which includes an Action supermarket next to which Dr Segal hopes to also build a Woolworths store. Yesterday he said he hoped a development application for that store will be lodged with the Council within a fortnight, following his abandonment of a plan to build it several hundred metres further west along Turnock Street. The Council blocked that plan arguing it could destroy habitat of the endangered Mitchell's rainforest snail and Wollumbin froglet. Dr Segal said studies had shown a major complex providing for the retail needs of Kingscliff and the Tweed Coast on the sewerage plant site would be viable by 2008. If planning work began in earnest now, he said, the complex could be operational slightly after that date, but every proposal he put to the Council ended in a lengthy battle. Council's strategic planner Douglas Jardine said planning work was under way on the future of west Kingscliff with a draft plan scheduled to be put before councillors by the end of November. A recent report to councillors said the plan was essential in view of development pressure.