Terranora site on the rise
AFTER years of neglect the picturesque Terranora Lakes Country Club site now has a future as part of a $1.3 billion development that will include aged care, schools, tourist accommodation, a retail precinct and homes for 3500 people.
The 184-hectare site, which includes an unused golf course and derelict clubhouse, is owned by Brisbane-based developer Godfrey Mantle and was originally planned to be turned into a six-star resort with a 27-hole golf course.
But now Mr Mantle has a different vision for the site and plans to create an “integrated community” to be known as The Rise, where people need only walk 400 metres to access shops and open space, with housing to suit all budgets.
An art precinct, child-care centre and sports facilities are planned to be included in the master planned development that will have on-site water recycling and storage facilities to supply 40 per cent of residents' needs.
“Every developer is in love with his project, but this de- velopment will have all the features that make it easy for everyone to fall in love with,” Mr Mantle said.
“I wanted to create a real village atmosphere with the development, which is why I asked for the school to be placed in the same area as the aged-care facilities and the town centre precinct, so there will be many ages living together and creating a sense of community.”
A public meeting revealing the Terranora Group Management's (TGM) vision for the hilltop site was held at Seagulls Leagues Club last night, with another planned to be held in the Jacana Room from 6.30pm tonight.
Nearby residents from Marana Street and McAlisters Road, Bilambil Heights, will have their chance next Tuesday to familiarise themselves with the proposed development and comment on its inclusions before a master plan is submitted by TGM for consideration by the NSW Gov- ernment.
If approved, more than 10,000 will be employed during the construction phase and another 1300 jobs on its completion. More than $71 million annually will be pumped into the local economy as a result of the development, according to a study by the Tweed Economic Development Corporation.
Tweed Shire Council will oversee the construction of each stage of the development.