Step forward for Lot 490

HE future of a contentious piece of seaside land on the Tweed Coast looks a little more certain after a NSW Government committee report on it was released yesterday.

Tweed MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Lands, Neville Newell, welcomed a report by the steering committee into proposals for Lot 490, a parcel of land next to the huge Salt development south of Kingscliff, and the review of development options for the site.

He said the report demonstrated that strong community concerns over the way Tweed Shire Council handled the matter had been justified.

"The steering committee's report supports the construction of the Tweed Coast Way through Lot 490, but recommends that it be relocated to the west of the proposal considered by Council," he said.

"The minister has approved, in principle, the concept developed by the steering committee.

"The next stage in the process will be for the plan of management to be ex- hibited so that the whole community is given the opportunity to comment on the proposals for Lot 490.

"The review of the draft plan of management was funded through a $12,000 grant by the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.

"The plan will be advertised and placed on public exhibition during November.

"It is anticipated that the review of submissions and the formal adoption of the plan will be finalised early in 2005.

"Until this process is complete, no decisions will be made by the Department of Lands concerning development on Lot 490 or the road through Lot 490."

Mr Newell congratulated the community for their input and strong representations on the issue.

"I have been happy to lobby on the community's behalf on this issue," he said.

"I will always make sure that, whatever happens with Lot 490, it will be the best outcome for the local community."

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