Topics:  cabarita beach, community, development, katie milne, nsw government, tourism, tweed shire council

Cabarita tourism units approved

Cr Katie Milne says the Tweed community is concerned about coastal over development.
Cr Katie Milne says the Tweed community is concerned about coastal over development. John Gass

TWEED Shire Council has prepared a report for the NSW Government demanding a development being considered for Cabarita Beach be exclusively used as tourist accommodation.

The 24-unit mixed use tourism and residential development is being considered by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

The council initially made a submission to the panel in 2009 on the development but the state government requested another submission from council with consideration of recent public feedback and changes to the plan.

Four units in the initial report were to be utilised as either residential or tourist but in the latest plan that number increased to 15.

The report stated that the council did not support 15 units being used as dual residential/tourist accommodation.

"The tourist accommodation component is in association with residential development but does not meet the primary objective of the zone unless it is utilised exclusively for tourist accommodation purposes in perpetuity of the proposed land use," the report said.

The decision to send the report was passed six votes to one but Councillor Katie Milne, who voted against it, said the community was concerned about coastal over development.

"I believe there is an over development of that site and I believe the whole community is concerned about over development," Cr Milne said.

Cr Milne said the building was also not in keeping with other architecture in the area for such a prominent site.

The proposal development is for the corner of Tweed Coast Rd and Cypress Cres.

Cr Kevin Skinner supported the submission.

"This (development) will be a real shot in the arm for the people of Cabarita," he said.



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