Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Cudgen Estate Rising Up; Sand Piles Spark Social Media Posts

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Cudgen Estate Rising Up; Sand Piles Spark Social Media Posts

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Byline: Aisling Brennan aisling.brennan@tweeddailynews.com.au

GIANT sand hills at a Cudgen development have left some residents concerned about the potential impact on their homes.

The development, which is expected to eventually be the site of about 90 new homes, is being built by Intrapac Property Developers on Gales Holdings land at the corner of Tweed Coast Rd and Crescent St, Cudgen.

While the piles of sand have been slowly pumped onto the site over the past few months, many Tweed residents are still raising concerns on social media about what the sand is needed for and whether it's suitable for the flood-prone area.

Tweed Shire Council's head of Development Assessment, Lindsay McGavin, confirmed the fill is being used to compact the earthworks ahead of development, which he said is "standard geo-technical practice" and is entirely safe. "The fill is for what is called pre-loading," he said.

"It's to get the weight so that the earthworks compact properly. …

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