Bilinga foreshore to stay in public hands

3 Feb 2014 4:11 PMJann Stuckey

3 February 2014

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said the Department of Natural Resources and Mines has handed down its decision which will see the road reserve along Pacific Parade between Tugun and Bilinga remain open to the public.

The department last year received a number of applications from landholders adjacent to the road reserves on Pacific Parade at Tugun seeking to purchase the area of closed road for inclusion into their properties.

 “Some 1736 submissions regarding the closure of sections of the road were received by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines with 1563 objections and 173 submissions of support for the proposal,” Ms Stuckey said.

 “As part of normal process, public notices advertising the proposed road closures were placed in the Gold Coast Bulletin and on-site to seek input from the local community, the Gold Coast City Council and utility providers.

 “Following this public consultation, the Queensland Government has refused applications to permanently close areas of the road.

  “The decision to refuse the three applications to close part of the road was in accordance with the Land Act 1994 which requires roads that are judged to still be needed by the appropriate road manager (GCCC) are left open for public use.

 “In light of the decision to refuse the road closure applications, GCCC will continue to be responsible for any decisions over the future management of the unformed road.        

“This announcement clarifies the government’s position however it remains a sensitive issue given that Council are responsible for issues over encroachments and rectifying boundaries. I ask all residents to exercise calm and show respect as these activities are undertaken by Council.”