Tweed Deputy Mayor Barry Longland.
Tweed Deputy Mayor Barry Longland.

Approval for Uki's doctors' practice

THE small village of Uki is set to get its first doctors' practice in 20 years.

A development application for the Uki General Practice, to be located on Kyogle Road, was approved at last night's Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Deputy mayor Barry Longland, who lives at Uki, moved the motion to change the use from a dwelling to a doctors surgery.

“There hasn't been a general practice on a Monday to Friday basis on the South Arm in the past 20 years,” Cr Longland said.

“The population out there is growing, older and in numbers.

“It should not be necessary for me to explain the benefits of an emergency service.”

Council's original recommendation included the condition of three reserved parking spaces at the Old Butter Factory.

However, Phil Carr from the Uki Residents Association addressed council and asked for this condition to be changed as the association owns the factory and did not want to cause trouble with other businesses.

Cr Longland put forward an amendment for a sign to be placed outside the doctors surgery indicating that additional parking is available at the Old Butter Factory.

“As a resident I know parking, except on market days, isn't an issue.”



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