PARK NEEDED: Cabarita’s Business Association president Chris Gregory.
PARK NEEDED: Cabarita’s Business Association president Chris Gregory. FILE

Businesses support tourist park

CABARITA’S Business Association has announced its support of a proposed holiday park following a survey showing 90% of local businesses are in favour of the development.

The Precinct Plan for South Cabarita, which includes a 200-site holiday park to be established on Crown land on the eastern side of Tweed Coast Road, has received a mixed response from the community since the public exhibition period in November last year.

The association surveyed local business operators in the township, with 56 signatories in favour of the proposed project.

Association president Chris Gregory said the development would assist Cabarita to create a stronger economy.

“Ninety per cent of business owners have strongly voiced their opinion in supporting the project,” Mr Gregory said.

“The economic health of the township is directly related to its ability to accommodate and feed tourists and to provide competitive local shopping for residents.

“Fewer tourists in town has meant we’ve been left to rely on just the locals to support our economy.

“We respect the point of view of the Resident’s Association who have been consistently against this proposal for a number of years,” Mr Gregory said.

“However, the Business Association has a very different viewpoint from pragmatically assessing the same data, and we want our voice to be heard.”

“We would urge everybody who considers themselves stakeholders in the community to get the facts for themselves, and then make up their mind.”

The exhibition period for the Precinct Plan closed on Monday.



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