Elliot joins fight to save Lot 490 from developers
RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot joined Kingscliff residents in signing the Save Our Lot 490 petition today.
The petition to protect Lot 490 - currently crown reserve land - has so far attracted over 10,000 signatures.
Mrs Elliot said it was good to throw support behind the campaign to protect Lot 490 from being sold to private developers.
"In my view, the community already owns the land," Mrs Elliot said.
"I commend council for their efforts to have Lot 490 remain in public hands, but I don't think they should have to buy it."
Mrs Elliot said Lot 490 should be given to the council to manage or sold to them for $1.
"We want to ensure that it is retained and managed as community parklands and as a permanent public natural coastal reserve," Ms Elliot said.
She called upon State MP Geoff Provest to ensure it remains in public hands "with no strings attached."
State MP Geoff Provest said Lot 490 is divided into two sections - one of which has not been considered for development by the state government.
Lots 1 and 2 within the site are respectively 11 and 15 hectares.
A letter from deputy premier Andrew Stoner explained Lot 2 would be kept as crown land, and "managed for public recreation and environmental protection".
The letter stated a low-impact holiday park could still be on the cards for Lot 1.
Mr Provest said it's important to work through the issue to provide the best possible solution to the people of Tweed.
Mr Provest said while one side of the site is environmentally sensitive, the other side has potential for greater public access to Kingscliff's beaches.
He said using one side for car parks or other developments while maintaining the other half as an environmental commodity could be a happy medium.
Mr Provest said he agrees Lot 2 should be protected as an environmentally significant area - but he believes Lot 1 could be an ideal location for new facilities which support locals and tourists alike to enjoy the Tweed's natural environment.