Artist impression of Ridong's Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens project
Artist impression of Ridong's Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens project

‘Unacceptable’: mega resort ‘should be refused’

COUNCIL staffers have urged city leaders to reject one of the biggest developments in the Gold Coast's history.

Ridong Group's proposed Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens project will go before the council's planning committee tomorrow more than 18 months after it was first proposed.

 

Council officers have recommended the committee reject the giant 47.5ha Tallebudgera Valley project, citing a laundry list of concerns, including the height of proposed towers on the land.

A 400-page report gives insight into the reasons for the rejection, including:

* "The scale, form and intensity of the development does not integrate with the local area, scenic amenity and the landscape character;

* The height of the buildings are deemed "unacceptable";

* The project would "prevent the site from being used to support rural activity";

* It was not demonstrated that it appropriately mitigated water flow impacts;

Artist impression of Ridong's Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens project
Artist impression of Ridong's Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens project

Council officers ultimately deemed the project was "not a sound planning outcome".

Area councillor Daphne McDonald, who has long opposed the development, said council staffers had performed "a thorough investigation".

"It picked up many of my concerns as well as those of residents but this recommendation must now be ratified by the committee and full council," she said.

Apartments in the Village Precinct at Ridong's Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens Project.
Apartments in the Village Precinct at Ridong's Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens Project.

"This project is way out of whack with this area and I know there were concerns not just from myself but from people everywhere.

"If it was to be approved it would open the gates to other developments."

The proposed development's features included a six-star, 98-room hotel that would include a five-storey building and the property's existing mansion.

It also included a four-storey 14,885 sqm gallery to house contemporary European art and sculptures, a 100-seat theatre and an entertainment lounge.