Saturday, 4 August 2012

Multimillion dollar Kingscliff resort on Tweed Coast threatened by sighting of beach stone curlew, a critically endangered bird

A MULTIMILLION-dollar resort planned for the Tweed Coast could be derailed by a rare bird.
The beach stone curlew is officially listed as critically endangered, with just 16 known birds remaining in NSW, but Kingscliff locals claim at least one has been spotted living it up on prime real estate earmarked for a swank eco-resort.
The bird sighting, captured by a local wildlife photographer, has ruffled the feathers of locals, who have long been campaigning against the resort, a project years in the planning.
The resort, yet to be given final approval, will be assessed by the NSW Government's Planning Assessment Commission and the presence of a rare bird could have major implications.
Known as Lot 490, the resort's proposed site is a vacant stretch of coastal land between Kingscliff and the Salt township that has long been sought after as blue-chip development land.
The latest proposal, from development giant Leighton Properties, would feature 180 tourist bungalows and "a range of community facilities", but the project is no certainty to receive approval.

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