Blocked out at The Beach
By ED SOUTHORN
TWEED Shire co-administrator Max Boyd yesterday promised persistent breaches of parking restrictions outside The Beach development at Cabarita will probably lead to parking fines.
Cabarita ratepayers, some paying $6000 a year in rates, have called for a better deal from Tweed Shire, after stormwater runoff gouged a foreshore channel and vehicles from tradesmen building The Beach five-star resort blocked public parking spaces.
Cabarita and Bogangar Residents Association secretary Cath Lynch said her group had raised $4000 to pay for consultants to prepare a local development control plan submission, but shire staff had seemed reluctant to take note of concerns about parking and stormwater.
Ms Lynch said the staff had been unwilling to consider a proposal for vehicles from tra- desmen working on The Beach to park on shire-owned land on the western side of the Coast Road, after complaints from residents that beachfront parking was always filling up, especially during the school holidays.
She said that on Thursday cement mixers had blocked beach access at Pandanus Parade and nearby Palm Avenue residents were unable to get to their homes because of parked workers' vehicles.
However, Ms Lynch said that after she had shown the Daily News the Pandanus Parade parking problems yesterday morning, a senior shire officer phoned her to advise a staff member would be asking construction workers to park on the shireowned land.
Palm Avenue long-time resident Stuart Reid said he could not recall floods ever before creating a lake behind beachfront sand dunes near his house, after stormwater drains were unable to cope with last week's deluge.
He said a half-metre deep channel leading to the ocean had been gouged by stormwater at the bottom of beach steps near Cypress Crescent.
Residents association president Terry Kane said sewerage runoff near the beach between Cabarita and Hastings Point highlighted problems caused by infrastructure needing repairs or upgrading.
Mr Boyd said he had instructed senior shire staff to investigate the Pandanus Parade parking problems and parking tickets would probably be issued if people persisted in parking at Cabarita where they were not allowed to do so.
He also said shire senior officers had been instructed to advise staff that all members of the Tweed community be treated courteously and professionally and their concerns taken seriously.
A spokesman for The Beach building team did not respond to a request for comment.