Developers honest on Terranora

NEWLAND Developers deny they have been anything but open and consultative regarding a proposed Terranora development, despite community protests against it.

Newland, which is part of the Metricon group of companies, has lodged an application for Altitude Aspire, a 321-lot residential estate.

Project manager Shaun Nicholson said the majority of people had realised the land would be developed at some stage.

“Metricon, and now Newland, have an excellent track record of working with locals to achieve the best outcomes,” Mr Nicholson said.

“So that (development) information was readily available and residents could provide feedback.

"We engaged consultation specialists CPR Group to work openly with local people and provide opportunities for their views.

“Newland has done everything it can to ensure that factual information was widely available to anyone with an interest.”

Mr Nicholson said even before the Environmental Assessment was lodged with the Department of Planning, CPR Group had called many of the closest residents and businesses, conducted doorknocking and met with residents at a coffee shop.

“Letterbox drops inviting people to freecall 1800 100 204 were widely distributed, and when people wanted more information I was happy to meet them too,” Mr Nicholson said.

“A successful open day was held at the Banora Point Community Centre with the town planner and me there to discuss issues.

"Changes to the estate have been made as a result of this intense engagement with the community. For instance, road configurations have been changed for the convenience of residents and signage relocated.”

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