Parking ?essential? in seven-year plan

By LEONIE BRANN

PARKING improvements at Murwillumbah and Kingscliff are two of the five items in the seven-year plan to be given the nod of approval by business groups on the Tweed.

Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce president John Murray said of the 94 items in the Tweed Shire Council's plan to spend $133 million over seven years on infrastructure and community amenities, only five were considered essential by the shire's chambers of commerce.

The outspoken opponent of the plan, and sacked councillor, argued most of the items included in the plan were not infrastructure at all.

According to Mr Murray the essential elements of the plan include: $13 million for the revitalisation of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour; plans for a multi-level car park in Murwillumbah; $500,000 to add to developer contributions to improve parking in Kingscliff CBD; $16.9 million for transport and road improvements; of that amount, $1.4 million for the replacement of Cudgen Creek Bridge at Kingscliff; and $1.43 million for a separate bridge for pedestrians at Cudgen Creek.

Mr Murray has slated other inclusions to the plan, including the $8 million upgrade of Arkinstall Park at South Tweed Heads; $8 million for a rock wall at Kingscliff; $4 million to upgrade museum facilities at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads; $5 million for library upgrades at Murwillumbah and Kingscliff; and $2.29 million earmarked for economic development in the Tweed.

"Like many speakers said at the Tweed Heads public meeting (held on April 10), a lot of these long-term spending commitments should be left to the next democratically elected council (not council administrators)," Mr Murray said in a statement.

Council's acting general manager said all opinions on the plan were encouraged, and he reminded ratepayers to have their say on the plan before the closing of submissions on Friday.



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