Concern over Cobaki estate
GOLD Coast City Council has voiced concerns about the Cobaki Lakes Estate, but developer Leda has expressed confidence the issues can be worked through successfully.
The 5500-lot estate is to be developed immediately across the Queensland border.
A concept plan for the estate was endorsed by the New South Wales Government last year, with initial development applications providing more than 900 residential lots to be assessed by Tweed Shire Council.
Gold Coast City Council’s Sustainable City Future Committee recommended its council provide feedback on the applications, highlighting seven areas of concern.
Committee chairman Peter Young said the biggest concern was the impact of increased traffic.
“The only initial access to this huge estate is Boyd St, Tugun, in Gold Coast City, and for new residents their nearest beaches, parks, shops and services will be in Queensland,” he said.
Cr Young said developers Leda Manorstead Pty Ltd had agreed to upgrade Boyd St to four lanes once a set traffic volume was generated, but traffic reports prepared for the applications did not address the cumulative impact the development might have on the local road network, effectively pushing back the Boyd St upgrade.
“We are also concerned at the suggestion by the proponent that traffic credits be granted for shops and other facilities planned in the estate, before they are actually developed,” Cr Young said.
“They also assume that public transport will be provided, but they give no information on whether a bus operator will service the estate or how buses would link to other Queensland services.”
Gold Coast Division 14 Councillor Chris Robbins said another area of concern was the extra demand on southern Gold Coast health and social services.
“These first stages of Cobaki Lakes will result in up to 3000 new residents, but it is unknown when any of the necessary support services will be provided within the estate,” Cr Robbins said.
“We would like to see the proposed retail and commercial centre associated with the estate be brought forward and the types of employment opportunities for the area expanded.
“The Gold Coast City Council would like to know what the real impact of the development will be.”
Leda Developments regional manager Reg Van Rij said all issues would be dealt with in due time.
“We understand the Gold Coast City Council has concerns and we are entirely confident we will meet and resolve all of the concerns,” Mr Van Rij said.
“It will all be subject to the Tweed Shire Council’s submission though.”
Tweed Shire Council’s planning and regulation director Vince Connell said council was assessing initial applications with a report to be sent to the joint regional planning panel in April.