Cabarita Woolies plan 'too big'
RESIDENTS from around Cabarita Beach yesterday turned out in force against a planned four-storey Woolworths complex they fear could threaten the area's laid-back lifestyle.
“It's over development. It's just too big,” said one of the organisers of the protest, local bakery and surf shop worker Cheryl Johnston.
“It just doesn't fit in with the character. Cabarita is a coastal village and it's important to try to maintain our coastal villages.
“People need places they can go and get away from over-development. We need these little places to enjoy what the environment has to offer.”
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Nearly 100 residents, including family groups, joined the protest rally, which was supported by a free sausage sizzle sponsored by local businesses alarmed at the impact Woolworths might have on village commerce.
Ms Johnston said organisers ran out of registration forms for people to join the Cabarita Beach and Bogangar Residents Association and stay on top of what developments are proposed for their village.
They also relaunched a petition against the Woolworths complex which already has nearly 700 signatures and has been sent to NSW Planning Minister Kristina Keneally.
The NSW Planning Department is considering a development application for a four-storey $16 million Woolworths Supermarket and 40 home-unit complex facing the Tweed Coast Road a short distance from the main beach access in Pandanus Parade and stretching back to Hastings Road.
Residents Association president Cath Lynch urged those attending to become members of the association which had originally given its backing to the project.
“It is the only way for us to come together and fight issues of importance to the community,” said Ms Lynch.
Tweed deputy mayor Barry Longland called on the public to address public access meetings of the Council - the next of which is to be held tomorrow afternoon - while Greens Party councillor Katie Milne warned Cabarita faced a “spill- over of the developers who do not get their way at Hastings Point”.
She said residents need to make detailed presentations to councillors' workshops, revealing she had to “listen to a developer for more than six hours last week talking about his development, when I would much rather hear from the community and their concerns”.
Cr Milne said the rear of the planned Woolworth complex presented “more like five-and-a-half storeys” in her opinion.
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