John Neal, resident of Kirkwood Road West.
John Neal, resident of Kirkwood Road West. John Gass

Residents angry at plan to change Kirkwood Rd West name

RESIDENTS at an over-55s caravan park in Tweed Heads South are campaigning against a proposed street name change for Kirkwood Rd West.

Upgrades have meant the road will no longer have a physical connection with Kirkwood Rd East.

Under the state's road naming policy, the council must now assign a separate name to the street.

John Neal, 64, door-knocked and collected 100 signatures on a petition last Wednesday to stop the proposed change.

He said dealing with multiple utility providers would be too difficult for the 204 elderly residents in Broadwater Village.

"Most of the people that live here are aged 80 to 95. They have mobility issues; most do not have access to a telephone, let alone the internet," he said.

"We lost three people last week. They passed away. The people that live here are in that stage of their life where they should not be put through all these problems.

"To have to go to Centrelink, the banks, the RTA. To have to change addresses on the electoral roll and chase documents for everything you can think of. It is too hard for them. We have to get it stopped."

Mr Neal submitted his petition to Deputy Mayor Michael Armstrong last Wednesday in a bid to prevent the change.

"I'll stand with the community to make sure they are heard on this issue," Councillor Armstrong said.



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