Operations chief Patrick Knight.
Operations chief Patrick Knight.

Meeting to discuss car parking

CHANGES to car parking along the main street in the riverside village of Tumbulgum are to be discussed at a public meeting in the village hall tonight.

The meeting, to begin at 7pm (NSW), has been called by Tweed Shire Council which has posted four options for car parking on its website.

The council's director of engineering and operations Patrick Knight said the council realised concerns had been raised recently by the Tumbulgum Community Association and others regarding the number of car-parking spaces provided in Riverside Dr.

He said councillors decided at their meeting last week to hold tonight's meeting to allow residents to discuss the issue and provide feedback.

But he warned more parking spaces would come at the cost of parkland.

"While more car parking may be desirable, it can only be provided on Riverside Dr by utilising more of the riverside reserve area," Mr Knight said.

"It is a trade off between more car parking versus less riverside park land."

Four car-parking options have been outlined on the council website, including a plan adopted by the council in August 2010 last year which is under construction.

The second is an alternate layout with 11 additional car-parking spaces which would result in the loss of 200 square metres of parkland.

The third option has 19 additional car-parking spaces with the loss of 425 square metres of park.

The fourth is a plan presented by Tumbulgum Community Association members late last month with 18 extra car spaces with a loss of 355 square metres.

According to the council more parking was not favoured by a majority of locals in 2010.



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