By ANITA HULM
TRAFFIC issues on Sexton Hill and at South Tweed Heads could be allevi-ated with the creation of a retail hub at Chinderah, says a developer.
Dr Stephen Segal, of Gales Holdings, the largest landowner in Kingscliff, said yesterday that many traffic issues could be avoided if a retail centre was allowed to be developed on land he owns bordering Chinderah Road.
The land is presently at the centre of a legal dispute being fought by the Tweed Shire Council and Gales Holdings in the Land and Environment Court of NSW.
Gales Holdings increased the size of the land from 40ha to 60ha after purchasing the extra parcel from the council.
Mr Gale said the discussions around the Sexton Hill upgrade had highlighted the need for retail shopping elsewhere, and that an increase in retail space in Tweed Heads would only worsen traffic problems.
"I think it needs some traffic modelling but it could make a significant difference," he said yesterday.
He wants to develop a centre that would be a focus for the community and that would incorporate retail, offices, meeting spaces, entertainment venues, commercial and professional services.
"People from Murwillumbah and the west will not be forced to travel the extra distance into Tweed Heads, saving time, expense and pollution," he said.
"The same applies to people from the Tweed Coast and the south."
Mr Segal said that he had not heard from the council since the NSW Government sacked its councillors, but he has contacted administrators Garry Payne and Lucy Turnbull.
"I haven't heard back from them but I think the only way forward with anything is communication," he said.
"Otherwise the only option ends up being the courts."