Final nod is needed for resort
POTENTIAL buyers of the upmarket “River” residential resort on the site of the old Banora Caravan Park have been warned by Tweed’s Greens Party councillor Katie Milne the final go ahead for the project has still not been given.
Her warning follows debate at this week’s council meeting over approval of changes to plans for the new residential resort which she and Cr Barry Longland opposed.
However general manager of development company the Morrison Group, Sally Morrison, said this week’s decision “marks a significant step forward in what will be a landmark project for northern New South Wales.”
She said the project on the site of the former, once-notorious riverside Banora Point caravan park and which has been dubbed “River” was set to “create a new benchmark in master-planned residential communities”.
Cr Milne however claims the former permanent residents of the caravan park have been “sold down the river” by the council approval and the final go ahead “is still not resolved”.
She said approval had set “a very disturbing precedent” for redevelopment of caravan parks across the Tweed.
“What is now to stop the same thing happening again in this or Tweed’s 30 other caravan parks?” Cr Milne asked.
However Ms Morrison said the council decision, which approves a change in previous plans for the $60 million ‘River’ development which reduces the number of long-term homes from 180 to 148, marked a major step forward.
“This is a high profile site in the Tweed region and we have worked closely with the local council and residents to incorporate their feedback into the development plans of River in an attempt to ensure the best possible outcome for all stakeholders,” said Ms Morrison.
“Gaining approval for 148 dwellings on the site verifies that our vision for River will have no detrimental effect on the local area and is in line with the existing approvals for the site.”
Ms Morrison said her company invited all local councillors to the site earlier in the year and has a sales office open on-site in an attempt to ensure full consultation occurred.
She said ‘River’ would provide an “upmarket yet affordable residential option that is currently unavailable in the Tweed region”.
“The aim of River is to provide quality homes in a beautiful location without increasing population density or impacting on the natural amenity of the region,” she added.
“The qualities that have attracted people to the Tweed Coast and the former park that occupied the site such as its stunning scenery, peace and quiet are the same virtues that will attract residents to River and we are aiming to maintain these for posterity.
“We will continue to work closely with the local council and other stakeholders to ensure this as the development of River now moves into advanced stages.”
Ms Morrison said plans for stages one and two would offer a choice of architecturally designed waterfront residences from $395,000.
She said the homes would range in size from 136 to 167 square metres.
“River’s design philosophy is to incorporate the spectacular natural amenity surrounding the site and create a modern and contemporary offering of homes within a gated residential development,” Ms Morrison added. “A future marina and commercial component is also proposed”.