Council to consider pay parking in the Tweed

Tweed mayor Barry Longland.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland. John Gass

TWEED Shire Council is considering a paid parking scheme for the Tweed to increase revenue.

At the Tweed Shire Council meeting tonight, councillors will consider allocating money to a pilot program of paid parking at Fingal Head Boat Ramp and Ambrose Brown Park at Pottsville.

Councillors are considering a rate of $2 an hour for cars and $5 for cars with a trailer.

"The introduction of a pay parking scheme provides the opportunity to utilise existing land and assets to generate a new income stream and supplement the limited maintenance funds, without significant extra burden on the rate base by targeting tourist users," the report stated.

The council has completed a study into the viability of paid parking bays.

"This (study) confirms the income potential of such a scheme, however to roll out the scheme as a whole also requires a large initial outlay based on various assumptions of patronage and other risks," the report stated.

"A staged implementation plan is therefore proposed, for consideration in the 2013-2014 budget process."

The only existing pay parking location is the second level of the Murwillumbah Multi-level Car Park.

The report has identified more than 1000 parking spaces in high usage areas over which Council could implement a pay parking scheme.

Other areas considered as viable for a pilot pay parking scheme include:

  • Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp
  • Duranbah Beach
  • Cabarita Beach Norries Headland
  • Chinderah Boar Ramp
  • Tweed Heads Old Fire Station Bay St
  • Hastings Point Cudgera Creek
  • Check back tomorrow for a full report on tonight's meeting.

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