Casuarina centre gets go ahead
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build over a drainage swale and open space to create a long-awaited sup- ermarket and town centre at Casuarina Beach have been given the green light.
Tweed Shire councillors have given the project the go-ahead under a compromise set of conditions which include a requirement to widen and lengthen another area of open-space reserve.
Last week more than 80 Casua- rina residents protested the possibility that Council could block the supermarket complex by forcing the developers to stick with the original plans for the township and retain a large drainage swale and open space area.
But at Thursday night's Council meeting two speakers, including one talking on behalf of a group of unit owners, pleaded with the Council to retain that open space which they said encouraged them to buy their current properties.
Mayor Joan van Lieshout backed the “changed concept”, saying the Casuarina Beach development had been “going on too long” to do without a planned town centre.
“The community group has made it clear they want their town centre. It is time this shire made a decision,” she said.
“They need a supermarket closer than Tweed Heads.”
Councillors Katie Milne, Barry Longland and Dot Holdom voted against the compromise.
Council planners said the proposed shopping centre development would remove a significant easement built as part of the original Casuarina Beach project.