Tumbulgum is to get 15 more parking spots at the expense of its riverside parkland.
The decision came after mayor Barry Longland told councillors that a recent public meeting on the issue was attended by many people who did not live in the village, including employees of the Tumbulgum hotel. Tumbulgum Hotel is close to where the extra parking places are to be built.
The public meeting voted 28 to 20 in favour of 18 more parking spaces.
‘We learnt during the recent community access meeting that a lot of people at that meeting were non-residents of Tumbulgum and employees at the hotel. There are questions regarding the vote that are unsettling,’ said Cr Longland.
Cr Warren Polglase said, ‘All people at that meeting had a right to vote. They may operate businesses there,’ he said.