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Sausage sizzle and traffic raised over new Tweed Bunnings site

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The proponents have requested that consideration be given to entering into a Voluntary Planning
Agreement (VPA) allowing the potential excess traffic generation “trip ends” credits applied to the current
site under the Tweed Road Contribution Plan (TRCP) to be transferred as “credits” from the existing site to
the new site. Credits are claimed on the basis that the current store’s future use won’t generate as much
traffic as its likely use is for less intense ‘Bulky Goods’.

Bunnings and Harvey Norman are seeking to relocate the existing Bunnings to a larger site several hundred metres down the road at 44 Enterprise Avenue, Tweed Heads South. As part of the process they have sought a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with Tweed Shire Council (TSC) for the transfer of ‘potential excess traffic generation “trip ends” credits applied to the current site.

Councillor James Owen (Liberal) spoke to the motion to approve the VPA saying that Bunnings is ‘a bit of a focal point for the community, it’s a corporate entity owned by a big company, but people love the Bunnings store… one thing that will be good with the new Bunnings is they might actually have space for the sausage sizzle to come back.’

With a humorous lilt to her voice Mayor Chris Cherry (Independent) thanked Councillor Owen saying it was ‘good to see you’ve got your priorities there’.

The new Tweed Bunnings site is located at 44 Enterprise Avenue, Tweed Heads South.

Traffic a key issue

Councillor Polglase (Conservative) then raised the issue of traffic at the site telling the meeting that ‘one of the biggest issues with this proposal is the movement of traffic’ and that ‘that is the driver that is either gonna make this project happen or not. We as a council have a responsibility to make sure we get the balance of the traffic movement correct.’ 

The new Tweed Shire Council.

Approved

The VPA was approved by councillors with Mayor Cherry reminding councillors that ‘it’s important that we remember that this is not the development application (DA)  for the building of Bunnings. This is just with regards to the voluntary planning agreement that allows the traffic trip ends that are currently in the current site to be allocated to, or partially allocated to, the new site. So I think it is important that there will be an opportunity when the DA is considered to really address a lot of those traffic issues that were raised in submissions. 

‘We had 28 submissions, just about all of them raised the issue of traffic and how perhaps a roundabout or a traffic light is needed… some solution is needed because of the location and I think our traffic engineers are going to be looking at that very, very closely.’

Mayor Cherry focused on the fact that the doubling of the size of Bunnings is looking to create around 100 new jobs in the shire.

However, she said that ‘it’s important people know that there is an opportunity for submissions to DA’s when they come there and certainly Council will be looking as Councillor Polglase has highlighted very, very closely at the traffic issues that this business will create and can trying to mitigate that as much as possible.’ 


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Traffic problems? Everywhere in Tweed there are traffic problems simply because of pro developer council poor planning. How can these major developments be allowed without adequate four lane roads to service them. Look at Machinery drive onto Greenway drive through to Leisure drive, these should all have been four lane roads with parking bay lanes. The St Josephs school should never have been allowed there. Housing developments with roads far too narrow for vehicles to pass on. Ridiculously small building blocks. And on and on it gos! I know these developments were all approved in the bad old pro developer council days but it must be stopped and sensible community planning has to implemented. This development needs to have access off the expressway, Machinery and Greenway drive has already reached peak capacity years ago? This project needs Federal and NSW LNP Govt assistance, good luck with that?

    • Absolutely agree. The whole area is a nightmare, with no planning whatsover, appalling traffic management and drivers speeding along Greenway Drive, along what should be a 60kph dual carriageway. The whole industrial area needs direct access to the freeway – it’s right next door!!!

    • No, we need less cars and better infrastructure for electric mobility scooters / bikes and pedestrians. There is no pedestrian crossing at all.

  2. The curent growth in the Tweed is placing a strain on all of the infastructure. St Josephs Private School is a huge thorn in the side for all travellers during school hours. What is the answer, the State Government only sees Sydney and surrounds as the entire state, and the council doesn’t have the money to do massive buy backs in an effort to rectify one bad situation. I moved here almost 16 years ago, while it had shopping centres and access to everything, on the whole it was a nice place to live. Now its become hindered by poor forward planning and lack of funds. The freeway passes over Dry Dock Road which constantly goes under water in heavy rain and high tides. The NSW government turns a blind eye to this. The costs of raising the freeway would be huge and something the current NSW and Federal governments wouldn’t be interested in rectifying even though Frazer drive has a new housing development that is almost ready for new houses and most residents will use Dry Dock Road as their exit point from the area.

  3. Totally agree, I cycle around there nearly every day and the area is urban design nightmare. No access to motorway so all commercial vehicles, workers and customers have to travel into shopping area and then back out again to access M1. Without major roading upgrade this new site will be just as bad as the existing one for accessing and exiting which is terrible.Just hope the Council are listening.

  4. The money wasted on the Kirkwood rd expressway exit by the old Polglase Developer councillors should have been used on an access to Greenway drive. It would have cost a fraction of the money they wasted. This outrageous waste of council funds on Kirkwood has probably contributed to the pro developer councillor losing the majority at every council election since!

  5. What happened to the exit for enterprise drive onto M1 can bunnings help fund that project they saved to big prawn in Balina.Why didn’t bunnings take the old tweed drive in theatre sites now PFD site which was going to be a Masters hardware sites Machinery drive although runs into Darlington drive has commercial light industrial school daycares old age care homes and residential park facilities all in one road oh and a major super market at the end with car yards wow who needs to drive anywhere

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