Development will bring 500 jobs

TWEED Shire Council mayor Warren Polglase has welcomed last week's approval of the controversial $386 million Casuarina Town Centre.

Cr Polglase said council and its planning department had always been supportive of the mixed retail, residential, tourism and recreation elements of the proposal.

The $26.6 million first stage of Casuarina Town Centre is expected to be open by 2011 after NSW planning minister Kristina Kenneally approved the plan.

Cr Polglase said council was keen to ensure the interests of the broader Tweed community were met.

“We had to ensure the development was in line with our major planning policies and that public infrastructure needs were adequately addressed,” Cr Polglase said.

“We're happy that the Department of Planning's approval fulfilled an important element of resolution from council's meeting of earlier this year which followed extensive technical investigations and negotiations carried out by council staff regarding proposed works on council-owned land.”

The project is expected to bring 500 new jobs to the Tweed.

“On the community's behalf, we negotiated an extension of the proposed east/west open space reserve on the north-east of the town centre site from 15 metres to 20 metres so it now reaches Casuarina Way,” Cr Polglase said.

The mayor said he was disappointed the Department of Planning did not support council's adopted position of seeking the extension of the beach esplanade road in accordance with the Kings Beach Development Plan.

“Council staff will continue to work co-operatively with the development proponents to resolve the details of the approved plans,” he said.

Department of Planning's acting deputy director-general Chris Wilson said by granting conditional approval for the first stage of the project, a number of key priorities of the NSW government have been met, such as bringing jobs closer to home.

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