Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

From Glitter to Ghetto; Residents Take Aim at Derelict Country Club as Owner Talks Development

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

From Glitter to Ghetto; Residents Take Aim at Derelict Country Club as Owner Talks Development

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Byline: Mitchell Crawley mitchell.crawley@tweeddailynews.com.au

THE state of the former Terranora Lakes Country Club site has been slammed with nearby residents calling on the owners to fix the ruin it has become.

The once glamorous venue that flourished on the back of years of prosperity is sadly now derelict and can't seem to turn a trick with developers, most of whom have talked big games but been reluctant to front up with cash.

The Mantle Group currently owns the site and announced back in 2009, under the branding of Terranora Group Management, plans for a $1.3 billion development that would include an aged care facility, schools, tourist accommodation, a retail precinct and homes for thousands of people.

Mantle Group chief Godfrey Mantle said at the time he "wanted to create a real village atmosphere" and "sense of community" with the development.

Since then, however, progress has stalled.

When contacted by the Tweed Daily, Mr Mantle said he understood the worries people had about the site and was working to ensure the place was not a hot spot for delinquents.

"We're part of the community and share their concerns," Mr Mantle said.

"We have a full-time caretaker who has made numerous ongoing complaints to the police.

"We have incurred significant costs in securing the site but are then faced with forced entry by criminals."

Mr Mantle recommitted to the project and said his company was "working with the Department of Planning and Council to ensure development of the site at the earliest opportunity".

But Gordon Levenson, secretary of combined groups of Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch, called on the owners to find a solution sooner rather than later, warning the former country club is a known hotspot for criminal and other unsavoury activity.

"Really, it's an eyesore," he said. …

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