Drains works ?major upset
By PETER CATON
MAJOR streets in the heart of Murwillumbah are to be closed for weeks as Tweed Shire Council undertakes major drainage work.
Business people are alarmed at the prospect of the closures which will limit access to the eastern end of the main streets for up to a month each side of Easter.
Acting council general manager Mike Rayner announced the timetable for the works at a Murwillumbah District Business Chamber breakfast attended by about 100 business people in the Murwillumbah Memorial Services Club yesterday.
The works involve the closure of part of Tumbulgum Road from the public car park adjacent to the Murwillumbah swimming complex to the Southern Cross Credit Union building on the corner of Commercial Road during March and early April.
After Easter in midApril, Commercial Road, a normally busy link into Main Street, is expected to be closed for a further three weeks.
Mr Rayner said the $1.5 million project to replace major drains following the route of the former Murwillumbah Creek which still passes "under the floorboards" of some Main Streeet buildings, had been planned for five years.
He said the council had agreed not to do the work prior to Christmas, adding "it has to happen and there is no right time".
Following the drainage work, the council hoped to "refurbish" Proudfoot Lane, creating walkways and extra car parks.
Business chamber president Phil Youngblutt said the closures would cause "major disruption to parking" and he would urge businesses to support a trial of onehour parking limits in the CBD while the work was done.
Mr Rayner also revealed he hopes construction of a new multi-level car park behind the Commonwealth Bank and rebuilding of the Murwillumbah swimming complex would begin about March 2007.
He said the $9.6 million project would include ground level parking accessed, as at present, from Tumbulgum Road, and two upper levels accessed by a ramp from Queen Street.
He hoped the work, which still needs a final okay from the council administrators, would be completed for the start of the 2007 summer.