Tweed City Shopping Centre.
Tweed City Shopping Centre. John Gass

Tweed City to rival coast shops

TWEED Shire Council has approved another land purchase for the redevelopment of Tweed City Shopping Centre.

The council voted 6-1 to modify the zoning to include 24A Kirkwood Rd, Tweed Heads South, in the redevelopment plans with only Councillor Joan van Lieshout voting against the motion.

Cr Kevin Skinner said the development could rival the shopping precincts of Robina Town Centre, Pacific Fair and beyond.

"We may put ourselves on the map as a shopping precinct," Cr Skinner said.

"I can only hope this goes forward as soon as possible to help those small businesses to survive."

Cr Van Lieshout said she would not support the rezoning because the redevelopment of the shopping centre would hurt small business on the Tweed.

Cr Katie Milne said she wanted the council to have more input into the design of the shopping centre.

"It should be developed attractively," Cr Milne said.

"Honestly I think it's a major redevelopment and I'm disappointed that councillors do not actually want to engage in this."

Her comments drew ire from Cr Skinner who accused her of forcing one developer out of the area.

"We have had one developer walk away because you had told them what you want to put on their land," Cr Skinner said.

"You always want to comment on every development application and I for one am sick of it."

Cr Milne objected to the comments from Cr Skinner.



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