Overview of Tweed Coast District Centre at Chinderah

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Gales land at Chinderah, located at the junction of the Pacific Highway and Tweed Coast Road, comprises over over 60 hectares, and has been recommended by 8 retail and town planning consultants, including Council’s Consultant Core Economics (in their shire wide Retail Study October 2003) as the logical location for the District Centre needed to service the rapidly increasing population of the Tweed Coast, to provide high order retail, community and civic facilities.


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Tweed Coast District Centre at Chinderah showing bulky goods, commercial and retail precincts

 

Facts about the District Centre at Chinderah

  • Integrated mixed-use town centre including higher order retail, bulky goods, commercial, community and recreational services and facilities, including supermarkets, discount department stores, offices, cinema, library, government buildings and community centre.
  • World class contemporary planning and urban design principles to deliver highly a highly accessible, functional and active town centre, with integrated open space and transport networks.
  • Only viable location due to highly accessible location at junction of Pacific Highway and Tweed Coast Road.
  • Reduced traffic in nearby residential streets at Kingscliff and on Pacific Highway heading north to access higher order services at Tweed Heads, reduced traffic on Sexton Hill.
  • Overwhelming community support for a new District Centre at Chinderah (survey carried out in July 2006 showed that over 85% of Tweed Coast residents support a new District Centre at Chinderah).
  • 3,000 full time jobs and a further 2,500 indirect jobs at completion (10-15 years).

1. The Site

The site is located at Chinderah, near Kingscliff on the Far North Coast of NSW.

The site is highly accessible, located at the junction of the Pacific Highway and the Tweed Coast Road at Chinderah.  The site with the Tugan-bypass will be 10 minutes from the expanded Gold Coast airport.

The 48 hectare parcel of land is surrounded by vacant, industrial, rural and recreational land uses. Part of the land is occupied by the Kingscliff Sewage Treatment Works, which will be decommissioned and relocated by the end of 2007.

There is no alternative location in the Tweed Shire capable of sustaining the required facilities in the District Centre.

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The site (identifed in pink)  is located at Chinderah, 600m from the junction of
the Pacific Highway and Tweed Coast Road.

The land is flat and low-lying. Studies show that it can be filled and drained appropriately. Small patches of native vegetation occur in the north-eastern parts of the site, but have not been identified as having significant conservation value. The site has a trade area catchment extending from Kingscliff down the Tweed Coast, including the villages of Casuarina, Cabarita and Pottsville as well as inland via Murwillumbah to the northern parts of the Byron Shire, including Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby. The notional ultimate trade area population could be expected to be approximately 65,000 – 70,000 people, and is presently in the order of 45,000 – 50,000. A centre at the site would reduce the amount of traffic travelling past the site on the Pacific Highway towards Tweed Heads everyday, for higher order retail and commercial services.

2. Past Studies 

Recent independent studies conducted on behalf of both the Tweed Council and the and owner, have identified the need for a new sub-regional centre to service the needs of the Tweed Coast. A postal survey of Tweed Coast in December 2005 by Gales Holdings showed strong support for a new District Centre at Chinderah. A retail study on behalf of Tweed Council showed a surplus of floor space area in the Urban North region, and a deficit of floor space area on the Tweed Coast.

3. Components of the mixed use sub-regional Town Centre

Gales Holdings proposes to develop an integrated, mixed use sub-regional Town Centre to meet the needs of the Tweed Coast region for higher order retail (including supermarkets, bulky goods and specialty), commercial, civic, community and recreational services and facilities.

The sub-regional Town Centre will include:

  • Up to 30,000m2 (GFA) retail floorspace including, 1-2 full line supermarkets, 1-2 discount department stores (Big W, K- Mart or similar) and other specialty retailing.
  • Up to 40,000m2 (GFA) of bulky goods/showroom retailing.
  • Civic and community facilities, including library, Council/Government offices, Police and Emergency Service providers, public transport facilities.
  • Entertainment and recreation facilities, including cinema, integrated open space linking civic or public places.
  • Medical and essential health services and facilities, including specialist medical suites and medical centre.
  • The central bus interchange, resulting in the most efficient and convenient transportation for non-car use. 
  • Unrestricted car parking, minimising unnecessary car wear and tear, petrol use, time etc.
  • Integrated medium density and mixed density housing.

The centre will utilise contemporary planning and urban design principles to deliver a highly accessible, functional and active Town centre in an attractive contemporary urban form, with integrated open space and transport networks. Water Sensitive Urban Design will contribute to the unique character of the place, and will be integrated into the design of a high quality public domain.

4. Employment Creation

The construction value of the project in current dollar values ($AUD) is estimated to be $200 - $350 million.

Based on ABS employment indicators, the development would create the following full-time equivalent jobs:

  • Up to 5200 jobs involved in construction and supplier industries.
  • More than 3000 jobs post construction in the retail/commercial sectors, with a further 2500 indirect jobs in supplier industries through multiplier effects.

5. Staging of the District Centre at Chinderah

Construction would be staged over a likely period of ten (10) to fifteen (15) years.


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Construction stages 1, 2 and 3 of the District Centre at Chinderah

 

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