Coolangatta locals will gather this morning to protest plans for a new apartment tower on the site of the popular Cafe Dbah at Point Danger.
The cafe will be demolished to make way for a 12-storey apartment complex which was approved without the need for community consultation.
‘Awaken’ is being developed by S & S Projects which is planning just nine residences in the 38-metre high building.
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Its website boasts the project will ‘set a new benchmark for luxury design’ and offer 360-degree panoramic views.
The move has angered residents who argue the development is not suitable for the headland.
Locals will stage a protest this morning to urge Council to rethink its approval for the tower.
“First off it’s a headland, the high-rise itself is way too high, it doesn’t fit with the headland, there should be an assessment with regards to height,” protest organiser Geannie Taylor said.
“It’s in the wrong spot. The tower is set to replace what is believed to be the only remaining pre-World War Two guesthouse in Australia. It’s just wrong.”
“We’re losing community in Coolangatta and this where the community like to gather and that’s why people come here. ”
Ms Taylor says locals have not been given a chance to voice their opposition to the project.
“Why has the public been locked out of having their say in this development application? We should have had a say in this.”
“So there are serious questions being raised over this and I think the public deserves a fair go.”
Council has defended the approval, insisting the development is code assessable and satisfied height requirements, meaning it did not need to go through public consultation.
The protest will take place at the Captain Cook Memorial opposite Cafe Dbah from 10am.