Dump gets $60m facelift

WHAT was once one of Tweed's most renowned eyesores is set to be given a $60 million facelift.

The Banora Point Caravan Park was infamously the site of a battle between the former owner Warren Tschannen and residents, who refused to leave when Mr Tschannen wanted to sell.

He cut off all amenities to the sites and the whole park became run down and a haven for crime.

But two years ago the Morrison Group, headed by Sally and Scott Morrison, bought the property and is now ready start selling its new planned community called 'River'.

Located on the banks of the Tweed River at Barney's Point, the properties will be some of the most sought after in the region, with prices starting from less than $400,000.

With the first stage of the 150-dwelling community to be launched next weekend, Sally Morrison said expressions of interest were now welcome.

She said the land, which she acknowledged had a “sordid” past, would be used to its best advantage.

“There are not many people who could argue it is not a better outcome for the area,” Ms Morrison said.

“We have spent many years perfecting the gated resort concept and we are very excited about introducing River to a broader market,” Ms Morrison said.

There is no doubt controversy will follow the project, as according to Tweed Shire Council, it will be built under the existing caravan park approval.

And the Morrison Group will also investigate an adjoining marina.

“It would be ludicrous not to explore the option,” said Ms Morrison, adding that feedback from her consultants had been positive and the land had been earmarked in the past as a potential marina site.

“We are aware marinas on the Tweed are a contentious issue,” she said.

David Stringer, of D.J Stringer Property Services, said River was undoubtedly one of the most unique offerings to be launched on the Tweed in a number of years.

“The community has been designed to maximise the lifestyle of the Tweed River with the creation of architecturally designed homes that accentuate all aspects of waterfront living.”

“These are very well-priced, high-quality river homes that will be part of a unique community on the banks of one of the area's most pristine waterways.

River will include resort-style facilities, including a gymnasium, pool, spa and lounge, and will also include a boardwalk on the banks of the Tweed River for owners.

River has been designed by Kingscliff-based firm Lightwave, which has designed a range of landmarks in the region including the Casuarina Beach Club, Paradiso Resort at Kingscliff and Boundary Lane apartments at Rainbow Bay.

River is located just off the M1 at Barneys Point.

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