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Macleay Island bonus overflow car park will be ready in the coming days.

The car park has been formed and is ready for sealing and should be ready for use by the end of November.

Cr Mark Edwards had pushed for the ‘bonus’ car park at council, having it approved for immediate construction.

The overflow carpark area is in addition to the $6 million new foreshore car park that is scheduled to start as soon as State Government approvals are finalised.

Cr Edwards told The Friendly Bay Islander it had been ‘hoped’ work would have already started on the major $6 million project by this time.

“Unfortunately, we cannot hurry up the State Government approval processes.”

Fortunately, the overflow car park extensions have no such restrictions.

This area of new car park is an extension of the small car park at the rear of the Southsea Terrace Shops off Brighton Road, which currently holds around 40 vehicles.

The extension will add a further 27 parking spaces, possibly more.

It will later have an access road connection to the future foreshore car park and to the start of High Central Road.

Cr Edwards said the car park overflow would prove a huge bonus to Macleay Islanders and provide immediate car parking relief.

“Of course, the real relief will come when work starts on the foreshore car park, which will more than double existing car parking in the foreshore area,” the councillor.

“It is so frustrating considering that council is ready to go on the major foreshore parking project.

“The State Government approvals are the hold-up at the moment,” the councillor said.

• Cr Mark Edwards with the bonus car park work in the background.

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