Bilambil Heights Development Group showing a map with Kennedy Drv and the controversial Lakes Drv bridge. Red markings show the existing Kennedy Drv and the potential for a Lakes Drv bridge to provide a second route into Bilambil.
Bilambil Heights Development Group showing a map with Kennedy Drv and the controversial Lakes Drv bridge. Red markings show the existing Kennedy Drv and the potential for a Lakes Drv bridge to provide a second route into Bilambil. Blainey Woodham

Call for Lakes Drv bridge

A DEVELOPMENT association has refused to give up its campaign for a Lakes Dr bridge that it believes will alleviate traffic on Kennedy Dr.

Vern Donovan of the Bilambil Heights Development Group said the proposed upgrade to Kennedy Dr was a band-aid solution that would delay potential development in Bilambil Heights and fail to fix traffic congestion.

Mr Donovan said he had met with Tweed Shire Council officers on numerous occasions to discuss the bridge with little success.

“We want them to leave Kennedy Dr as a secondary road and put the bridge in, connecting Lakes Dr with Kirkwood Rd and into Tweed,” he said.

He believed failure to construct the bridge would force residents of Bilambil Heights to boycott the congested Kennedy Dr and take the Cobaki Lakes Parkway onto the Tugun Bypass and into Queensland, dragging residents away from the Tweed Heads South CBD.

“Instead of pushing them to the Pines, give them a simple route into Tweed so our businesses don't lose all their customers,” Mr Donovan said.

Tweed Shire Council resolved in a meeting in June last year that no further action be taken to reinvestigate or reinstate the Lakes Dr bridge.

Director of Engineering and Operations Patrick Knight said the council met with members of the group late last year and told them the bridge was no longer being considered.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the issue should be further investigated.

“Failure to fix the prob- lem is encouraging consumers to bypass South Tweed and spend their shopping dollar on the Gold Coast,” Mr Provest said.



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