Isle of Capri residents draw the line on commercial development

People on the Isle of Capri are fighting to keep commercial development out of residential areas on the island.

More than 400 objections have been lodged against an application to tear down a house opposite Surfers Paradise Primary School, and build a two-storey mixed business centre with an underground carpark.

Spokesman for the Save our Streets Alliance, Mr Michael Niddrie, said the proposed building was not in harmony with the residential amenity of the island, posed a danger to students of the Surfers Paradise State School and duplicated services already in the suburb.


“Services and increased visitor traffic movement, pose a serious threat to Surfers Paradise State School,” Mr Niddrie said.

“The site of the proposed development, at the junction of Via Roma, Salerno and Etna Streets, is a popular parking area during school drop-off and pick-up times and it is already congested and recognised as a danger zone.”

“A commercial development at the pedestrian crossing opposite the school will be a disaster waiting to happen.

Mr Niddrie said the Surfers Paradise State School P&C “has expressed deep concern and opposition to the commercial proposal and is worried about the increased danger to young children and parents.”

“Isle of Capri has a perfectly good commercial zone which not only satisfies the local needs but also attracts visitors from all over the Gold Coast,” he said.