Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Fire damage keeps Tweed car park closed


Repairs to a multi-level carpark adjacent to the Tweed Shire Council offices at Murwillumbah, which has been closed since December 2023 following a vehicle fire, are still months away, the Council has confirmed

The fire caused extensive damage to the building and while the lower level of the carpark reopened in February, providing some relief to businesses and the community, the rest of the structure remains closed while cleaning, interim repairs and assessments have been ongoing.

Council recently received a report from structural consultants on the extent of the damage, but says input from the original builders of the carpark and additional testing by materials engineering specialists about the extent of the works is also required before progressing to the next stage.

Council’s insurance provider also needs to give approval before any work can start.

“Additional testing and approvals are expected to take two to three months with repairs expected to start soon after,” Council said in a statement.

“The bottom level of the carpark will remain open, however, it is unknown at this stage if another closure will be required during the construction phase.

“Cost estimates have not been determined however they are expected to be significant.”

Location of the vehicle fire on level 2 of the carpark with the damage to the concrete visible and steel beams providing reinforcement to the structure.  

Alternative public car parking is available at Knox Park and in the carpark outside Sunnyside Mall, as well as the two public car parks between Proudfoots Lane and Wollumbin Street.  

“Council understands the challenges and inconvenience limited access to the carpark has caused and appreciates the patience and understanding from the community while these investigations and repairs are completed.”

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