BREAKING: The road reserve (foreshore) along Pacific Parade between Tugun and Bilinga will remain open to the public.
Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP released a statement on Monday afternoon, confirming the Department of Natural Resources and Mines had handed down its decision.
Residents will not be able to purchase the land, known as a ‘road reserve’, in front of their properties.
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Last year, the department received a number of applications from landholders adjacent to the road reserves on Pacific Parade at Tugan seeking to purchase the area of unformed road for inclusion into their properties.
“The area in front of the homes has been declared an unformed road even though it is really just a pathway through the sand dunes,” Ms Stuckey said.
“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.
“Today’s decision by the department is going to lay to rest the uncertainty that residents in my electorate have been feeling for a number of months.
“This has been a very complex issue, it has raised sensitivity and it has seen residents fight.
“I feel this is a win for the majority of residents who opposed these applications.
“It is great to have a decision by the department to settle the issue once and for all.”
Ms Stuckey said the decision to refuse the applications to close part of the road was in accordance with the Land Act 1994.
“In light of the decision to refuse the road closure applications, Gold Coast City Council will continue to be responsible for any decisions over the future management of the unformed road.”
Ms Stuckey said the announcement clarified the government’s position, however it remained a sensitive issue given 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,” Ms Stuckey said.