One-hour parking gone
By PETER CATON
MURWILLUMBAH'S contentious one-hour parking restrictions have been torn down, much to the delight of business owners.
Tweed Shire Council workers yesterday began taking off nine-month-old "one-hour" stickers which had been plastered over some of the parking signs and replacing others with new signs.
The move followed a decision by the council's three administrators on Wednesday to reinstate the longer parking limits.
The request came from the Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber which originally supported one-hour limits to create more parking for shoppers but found itself out of favour with affected businesses.
The shorter periods hurt some shops, with customers not willing to browse, caused a downturn in bookings for some hairdressers and outraged some restaurant owners.
Chamber president Phil Youngblutt said the two-hour limits were again needed because the town faced a serious car-parking shortage when council closes the car park near the swimming complex later this year.
The council plans to redevelop the swimming complex and build either a two or three-level car park, depending on costs.
At Tweed Heads however, parking chaos is expected to worsen following a decision on Wednesday by the administrators to approve a five-storey aged-care complex stretching between Powell Street and Florence Place.
The site near The Tweed Hospital, Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Southern Cross University Campus and Tweed Centro Shopping Centre will have just 30 on-site car-parking spaces.
Council staff said NSW government-imposed exemptions for aged-care developments had stopped it insisting on more on-site parking.