An artist's impression of the controversial development to house a Woolworths Supermarket at Cabarita.
An artist's impression of the controversial development to house a Woolworths Supermarket at Cabarita.

Supermarket not so super

TWEED Coast residents still fuming over Tweed Shire Council's refusal to block a four-storey Woolworths supermarket and home units complex in the heart of Cabarita Beach are planning a protest rally on Sunday.

But some residents of the normally quiet coastal village are concerned many people still don't know about the project which they fear might forever change the area's character.

“There are still people today who are not aware of the development,” said Cheryl Johnston, one of the protest rally organisers.

“This rally will bring people to- gether and inform them.”

Small business operators and residents in the Cabarita Beach-Bogangar area who don't want their village to become over-developed were stunned six weeks ago when Tweed Shire Council refused to enforce a three-storey height limit in the village.

The Council declined to express any concerns about the four-storey height of a proposed $16 million Woolworths supermarket and 40 home-unit complex which is still being considered by the NSW Department of Planning.

The complex would face the Tweed Coast Road a short distance from the main beach access in Pandanus Parade and would stretch back to Hastings Road.

Developer, Queensland-based Stockwell Pty Ltd, has argued because the land slopes back, the fourth-storey elements will not be visible from public land, and other recently approved and constructed buildings nearby incor- porate three storeys or more.

Ms Johnston said the project represented a huge overdevelopment and was inappropriate for the character of the village.

“It will set a precedent. There are other blocks of land ready to go.”

She said the rally would address issues such as the height limit, environmental concerns and increased traffic likely to be caused by the project.

“The size of the development is neither sustainable nor fitting to the character of the town,” she said.

“There are alternatives that would be more fitting to the design of the village.”

Sunday's rally will be held next to the Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club from 12 noon.



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