DEVELOPER Peter Kampfner met with members of Bulahdelah Golf Club last week to discuss plans for the proposed development on the land adjacent to the club.
The development project has created much discussion within the town and a further community meeting has been organised with Mr Kampfner on 11 October.
Mr Kampfner said the land for the project needs to be rezoned which involves a town planning analysis organised by Council.
Once the rezoning component has been approved, the Development Application process will follow.
Speaking with News Of The Area, Mr Kampfner said he has been inundated with positivity from the community.
“If I used the word overwhelming, I’m understating it. Since the last community meeting I’ve been flooded with calls of support,” he said.
“They all want to see Bulahdelah thrive and can see the merit and benefits of the project.”
Although some groups have expressed concerns about adverse impacts on existing businesses, Mr Kampfner said the project is set to benefit all services and businesses and put Bulahdelah back on the map.
“We’re expecting far more people to come into Bulahdelah, including residents and customers, to increase substantially,” he said.
“The hotel will not be competing with existing businesses in price point accommodation. We are offering an alternative at a substantially higher cost, we have two distinctive markets.”
With increased numbers of tourists, up to 500 additional residents in addition to the people staying and working at the hotel and service centre, Mr Kampfner expects a 300 percent increase in traffic volume in the town.
“There are an enormous number of people that want to see that happen, and there are some who don’t understand the impact of these increased numbers,” he said.
“I will speak with anyone with concerns and I am totally prepared to take feedback, both positive and negative.”
Mr Kampfner said promoting tourism is a primary part of the project.
“Bulahdelah has far more tourist attractions than are being promoted and it needs a concerted effort to boost it,” he said.
“I absolutely love the area, it’s spectacular, I think it has magic to it.”
All members of the public are invited to attend the community meeting at 6.00pm on 11 October at the Bulahdelah School of Arts Hall.
By Daniel SAHYOUN