Residents riled by council veto
THE future of the long-awaited Casuarina town centre is in limbo.
Casuarina residents are furious following Tweed Shire Council's decision to not approve the desired shopping village at the final hurdle on Tuesday night.
“It's a disgrace,” Casuarina Residents Association president Rob Bryant said.
“I think council have failed their obligation to the residents.
“This development has been in the pipeline for the past 10 years and it would have been a wonderful community asset.”
Councillors, with the exception of mayor Joan van Lieshout, voted to extend a beach esplanade road through open parkland, contrary to advice from the New South Wales Department of Planning.
“The New South Wales Department of Planning have specified it must not have a beach front road and the Tweed Shire Council has said it must,” Mr Bryant said.
“I can't see them coming to an agreement. This has stopped it indefinitely.”
The council and the department of planning are at loggerheads over the development, Mr Bryant said.
“Tweed Shire Council are using the Casuarina town centre as a political football, and are snubbing their noses at the NSW Department of Planning.”
Mayor van Lieshout was the only councillor to argue against the extra road, citing it as a safety issue.
“I think the only one with voice of reason is the mayor herself and I give her credit for that,” Mr Bryant said.
“I'm absolutely shocked that Katie Milne would prefer a concrete road to a parkland.
“What gob-smacked me is councillors simply don't know their area.”
Cr van Lieshout said yesterday she was disappointed with the outcome.
“I wanted to see the project complete for the sake of the community,” she said.
“I cannot see any logic and cannot see why you would want to bring vehicles into a green space where children are playing and people are walking and riding bicycles.
“I feel the Casuarina people have missed out.”
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