Overview of Tweed Coast District
Centre at Chinderah
here for a detailed 2-page overview and plans for the Tweed
Coast District Centre
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.
Tweed Coast District Centre at Chinderah
showing bulky goods, commercial and retail precincts
about the District Centre at Chinderah
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.
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.
viable location due to highly accessible location at
junction of Pacific Highway and Tweed Coast Road.
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.
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).
full time jobs and a further 2,500 indirect jobs at
completion (10-15 years).
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.
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.
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
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
- 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
- Up to 40,000m2 (GFA) of bulky
- 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
- 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
- Unrestricted car parking, minimising
unnecessary car wear and tear, petrol use, time etc.
- Integrated medium density and mixed
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.
The construction value of
the project in current dollar values ($AUD) is estimated to be $200 - $350
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.
Construction stages 1, 2 and 3 of the District Centre at Chinderah