Tweed Shire Council held an emergency meeting last Friday to decide whether local beach carparks should remain closed.
Tweed Shire Council Deputy Mayor Chris Cherry said the meeting was to consider the recommendation of the Local Traffic committee which includes reps from NSW police, RMS, Geoff Provest and Janelle Saffin along with TSC.
‘Their recommendation was to keep the existing carparks closed until June 30, but to add in some more closures in Fingal where we have been getting a lot of complaints from the community there.’
The Extraordinary Council Meeting was held at 3pm via BlueJeans. All seven councillors attended and the meeting was live webcast as with all meetings at the moment.
Cr Cherry said Council held the emergency meeting as they had resolved to keep the beach carparks closed until Friday, but then realised that with Queensland having the Labour Day long weekend, they might be sending the wrong message, basically an invitation to come back on down. ‘We are just trying to limit the exposure risk to our communities and the Labour Day weekend typically brings very high visitation rates to this area,’ she said.
Council resolved to maintain the closures until May 7, which is their first meeting after the May Day long weekend, so that it can be reconsidered then if needs be. ‘We also resolved to open 30 carparks in Kingscliff as it was very difficult to access the medical centre and physiotherapist there and we needed to fix this impact.
Cr Cherry feels it is the right decision for the time. ‘I know it is very unpopular as people were really looking forward to getting back to the beach but yesterday’s announcement about lifting of restrictions in Queensland to allow Queenslanders to travel up to 50kms for non essential trips made me very glad we have this restriction in place for 10 days longer.
Cr Cherry sats that at the end of the day they are just trying to uphold the state governments public health order. ‘I know it is really hard on people to not be able to access the beach for exercise as easily, but it is only 10 more days.’
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