Some of the crowd at the Kingscliff public meeting on Friday night.
Some of the crowd at the Kingscliff public meeting on Friday night. Sue Gardiner

Marine Pde woes come to a head

PRESSURE is mounting on Tweed Shire Council to fix the problems being blamed on Kingscliff's Marine Pde being turned into a one-way street.

A public meeting on Friday night, organised by ex-councillor Ron Cooper, saw about 150 residents and business owners jam into the town's community hall to air the issue.

Mayor Gary Bagnall, who told the crowd he was there to report back locals' views to the council, claimed it was the largest independently organised residents' meeting held in the shire.

Crs Carolyn Byrne and Warren Polglase also attended.

As reported by the Tweed Daily News last year, the change to Marine Pde's traffic flow 20 months ago has been blamed for a dramatic drop in patronage for some businesses and acute traffic congestion there and in nearby streets.

It's claimed the 32 extra car parks on Marine Pde at a cost of $650,00 had also created a "coffee in a car park" ambience, prompting complaints from visitors and residents.

The meeting heard that on at least one occasion since the conversion, traffic had been backed up from the five-ways roundabout to the Cudgen Cr traffic bridge.

It's claimed residents on nearby Pearl St can't exit their driveways during peak times due to the heavy traffic.

The change to the road configuration was backed by 70% of those consulted at the time.

But Mr Cooper argues that the impacts of the change were not explained in order for the community to make an informed decision.

To not have conducted a trial before the change was introduced was "just crazy", he said.

Attendees provided their email addresses to Cr Bagnall who has promised to keep them updated on the issue.

Mr Cooper has urged residents to keep meeting about this and other issues facing Kingscliff.

As the meeting drew to a close one woman said as this was the second public forum on the issue the time for talk was over and a protest against the council was in order.

Her suggestion appeared to have little support in the room - for now anyway.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Cooper told the Tweed Daily News he now for the first time believed that Marine Pde may have to revert back to two-way.

He said at the very least the one-way traffic should have its direction reversed.

Mr Cooper predicted the negative impact of the council-supported Kingscliff triathlons on some businesses and residents would likely be the next issue to be addressed during a public meeting.

The next triathlon is scheduled for this weekend with 800 competitors expected to take part.

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