Kingscliff resort faces conditions

A $100 million-plus beachside resort planned for Crown land at Kingscliff could face extra conditions, including a council-sought limit on the time tourists can stay there.

The huge new resort on Cudgen Creek fronting south Kingscliff beach on a public reserve known as Lot 490 could also be forced to pay special contributions to support local surf life saving clubs.

Tweed Shire councillors have backed a staff submission which calls on the NSW Government to impose conditions on the resort complex proposed by developer Leighton Properties.

A report said Leighton Properties had lobbied both the council and the NSW Department of Planning not to impose conditions limiting the time tourists can spend in the units, as are applied to other tourist premises in the shire.

Instead Leighton had said they would “notify potential purchasers” of units in the resort “that they cannot reside in the premises permanently”, but the company did not want a condition restricting the length of the stay.

Councillors also refused to support the resort proposal until Leighton consults with Surf Life Saving Australia and the two nearby surf lifesaving clubs, Cudgen SLSC and Salt SLSC on “beach safety risks” and the best way to manage the dangers.

Council planners recommended Leighton be asked to make a contribution toward the cost of any agreements to provide surf lifesaving services.

In April, after more than 10 years of controversy plans were finally put on display.

The huge resort is expected to cost $105 million and features 180 bungalows and units.

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