Tweed Shire Council engineering and operations director Patrick Knight and Mayor Kevin Skinner with plans for revamped parkland on the Kingscliff foreshore.
Tweed Shire Council engineering and operations director Patrick Knight and Mayor Kevin Skinner with plans for revamped parkland on the Kingscliff foreshore.

Business has say on parkland plans

KINGSCLIFF businesses should get the chance next week to publicly voice opinions and ask questions about controversial plans to slash the size of the town's beachfront caravan park and expand public foreshore parkland.

Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce acting president Idwall Richards said yesterday his organisation would host a business breakfast on Tuesday where council staff would give a presentation on the contentious plans, which have so far raised the ire of regular, long-term users of the caravan park.

But he predicted local business people were likely to be in two minds over the plans.

“We conducted a survey about two years ago and they were a bit ambivalent then,” Mr Richards said.

“Some people thought it would help and some thought it wouldn't.

“I think there will be benefits for everyone in the long term but in the short term there will be a few people upset.”

Mr Richards said the council presentation at the Kingscliff Beach and Bowls Club from 7am on Tuesday would allow “anyone in the business community to come along and have their say”.

“It's a good opportunity for them,” he added.

“If it (the plan) gets support, it will go ahead. If it doesn't, it won't.”

Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner launched the plans of the new Kingscliff Central Park earlier this week, saying the park would become “a valuable new community hub”.

Cr Skinner said the Central Park was a major feature of the Kingscliff Foreshore Master Plan adopted by council in July 2007.



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