Kingscliff study under way

TWEED Shire Council will soon begin investigations to find ways of easing Kingscliff's parking congestion.

Mayor Warren Polglase yesterday said there was an immediate need to tackle parking problems at the Tweed Coast growth centre.

"It's very hard to get a park there, especially on weekends," Cr Polglase said.

He said he was hopeful that council would start looking closely at Kingscliff's parking options before Christmas.

It could take 12 months to decide on a preferred option, after a period of community consultation, he said.

Cr Polglase said solutions could include an above-ground parking station or an underground car park.

He said the car parking project could be funded by developer infrastructure contributions paid to council.

Cr Polglase said proposals for an expensive rock wall at Kingscliff to ease beachfront ero- sion, possibly between the bowls club and the surf lifesaving club, were unlikely to proceed in the near future.

He said other anti-erosion work was being done in the meantime.

As well, restoration of the Kingscliff Amenities Hall was proceeding well, with the building's roof work almost completed.

Cr Polglase said a management plan for the Kingscliff foreshore included expanded parkland around the Amenities Hall.

Kingscliff Ratepayers spokesman Pete Gladwin said the group did not want a rock wall but was in favour of open space around the hall. The next ratepayers' meeting is on Monday, May 2, at the public school library at 7.30pm.

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