Shopping for answers on fill

PLANS by a major Tweed landowner to fill a large area of land where it wants to build a major shopping centre at the back of Kingscliff have raised the hackles of watchdog group Tweed Monitor.

Spokesman Jerry Cornford said yesterday plans by Gales Holdings to fill and develop land in Kingscliff and West Kingscliff should be %closely questioned by residents.

Gales held a public meeting at Cudgen Leagues Club on Tuesday night to explain its land plans to residents.

Mr Cornford said Gales had applied to the Department of Planning to expand its Cudgen quarrying operations for commercial use and fill its remaining Kingscliff land-holdings for medium density development and a shopping complex.

He said other than seeking ministerial approval to extract fill, Gales still had no government or council consent to proceed with any of the residential or retail development outlined in a letter-box drop to residents late last week.

"Gales' proposed Chinderah shopping centre site is still zoned 'Special Purposes', and that determination, which precludes retail use, is continued in the new LEP," Mr Cornford said.

"As council is already considering supermarket proposals for both Pottsville and Cabarita, and as Kingscliff and Salt Village have %existing supermarkets, it is unlikely any major retailer would see commercial benefit in competing with these in addition to the established South Tweed and Murwillumbah retail centres."

Mr Cornford said Kingscliff residents needed to ask themselves whether they wanted the estimated 100 heavy truck movements, six days a week, entering and leaving the already busy Coast Road at Cudgen, irrespective of whether the residential and retail proposals were ever approved.

"Monitor also questions whether one family, as Gales Holdings is constituted, has the right to impose its social ideology over a site equal to the Kingscliff township," he said.

Gales spokesperson Harry Segal said his company's survey of 136 families revealed 87 per cent believed a Chinderah "multi-purpose district centre" should be developed.

"In Kingscliff, the area which Mr Cornford and his small band of associates purport to speak on behalf of, the proportion in favour was nearly 90 per cent," Mr Segal said.

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