TWEED Council has voted to reopen most of its beach carparks as coronavirus restrictions begin easing across the country.
Closures were due to stay in place until June 30 but councillors voted unanimously on Thursday night to change that decision.
It means the carparks at Tweed Heads (including Duranbah Beach and Jack Evans Boat Harbour), Kingscliff, Cabarita Beach, Hastings Point, Hastings Point Headland and Pottsville will be open to the public as soon as arrangements for the removal of barriers can be made.
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The only exception is the road closure at Letitia Road, Fingal Head, which will remain in place until July 1.
Mayor Katie Milne said, the carpark closures were necessary at the time as the Gold Coast had closed all their beachside carparks as well as their main beaches over the recent holiday periods.
“We understand this caused concern for many beachside residents but it was untenable to have large numbers of Gold Coast residents descending on mass on to the Tweed beaches during the holidays,” Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne said.
“There was no perfect solution but we felt it was important to take a precautionary approach and we thank the community for its patience and understanding during this time.”