Cudgen Lakes Project

The Cudgen Lakes Sand Extraction Project Environmental Assessment and supporting Specialist Consultant Studies Compendium, which was complied over 3 years, was lodged with the NSW State Department of Planning in May 2008.

The Cudgen Lakes Project was approved by the Minister for Planning on 16 June 2009.

The Environmental Assessment was on exhibition from Friday 23 May until 27 June 2008.  The reports can be viewed at here and also on the Department of Planning website.

This information provides the public, interested parties and stakeholders about the progress of Gales’ plans and proposals in Kingscliff, Chinderah and Cudgen (“the area”), and in particular the Cudgen Lakes Sand Extraction Project (“the Project”).

When the Cudgen Lakes Project is completed there will be a recreational lake with fringing sands and wetlands, walking and bicycle tracks, botanical gardens, and sportsfields.  See below and under 'Vision and Structure Plan' -  point 2 'Extensive open space and Recreation' for more information.

Gales land for fill material and the creation of a recreational lake

Gales’ land has been identified by Council, State Government Departments and Gales for Employment Generating lands, a District Town Centre, residential development, regional sports fields, areas of environmental protection, direct road accesses from Tweed Coast Road to Kingscliff, and a regionally significant sand resource.

Gales has commissioned major planning, specialist environmental, scientific and engineering studies that have resulted in the Project and Gales Strategic Plan (see Figure A).

Fill is required to raise the land for flood protection. A source of fill material is therefore fundamental, and the Project can provide the fill material. The Project will also result in the creation of a recreational lake.

Click here for a full size version of Gales Recreation Structure Plan (areas 7 & 9 below).

Figure A - Strategic Plan showing the 37ha recreational lake south of Altona Drive with fringing wetland and surrounding parklands, gardens and Sports Fields with a range of recreational activities such as equestrian pursuits, cycling and walking.


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