Workers face a long walk
WALKING to work could take on a new meaning for scores of Murwillumbah employees once development begins on the town's new multi-storey car park.
Interim plans for replacement carparking spaces while a new $1.9 million, three-storey carpark with 240 car spaces is built could see office and shop workers parking several hundred metres away along Tumbulgum Road.
A senior council officer said yesterday the Tumbulgum Road option was one of a number of alternatives likely to be recommended once the existing car park in front of the Murwillumbah swimming complex is closed.
Redevelopment work on the car park is due to coincide with redevelopment of the swimming pools early next year, taking up to eight months.
Council design engineer Ian Munro said yesterday council staff who took up many of the parking spaces might be asked instead to park near the former regional art gallery along Tumbulgum Road, or further along the road towards the Murwillumbah Rowing Club.
Mr Munro said alternative parking areas were yet to be formally considered, but the Tumbulgum Road option was likely to be discussed with residents there who would be told it would only be short term.
Other options, he said, were parking on the southside of the Murwillumbah Bridge or Knox Park.
Chamber of Commerce president Paul Waters said he believed extra carparking space could be found immediately in front of the Murwillumbah Civic Centre and around the memorial park surrounding the town cenotaph.
Mr Waters said unused car-parking spaces could already be found in Knox Park and on the southern side of the Murwillumbah bridge.
Work on Murwillumbah's new swimming-pool complex and adjacent car park, including construction of a new library, is expected to begin in February next year, although council engineers are still awaiting final design details from consultants and a final go-ahead from Tweed Shire councillors.
The project could see the pool close early next swimming season.