Three different viewpoints on Palmerin St issue

SOME of the major players in the Palmerin St road closure blow up have had their say on the issue.

Jim Samios Photo Kirstin Payne / Warwick Daily News
Jim Samios Photo Kirstin Payne / Warwick Daily News Kirstin Payne

JIM Samios from Samios Mini Mart said he couldn't see why the road needed to close two hours before the parade started.

"During the rodeo when they closed at 2pm, I went home at 3.30-4pm," he said.

"The same thing may happen this Friday."

Mr Samios said the lack of consultation from the council was "nothing new".

"They can do what they like. They don't listen to us," he said.

Mayor Peter Blundell
Mayor Peter Blundell Naturalite Studio

MAYOR Peter Blundell said the road closure was an operational matter and not for councillors to decide.

"Council has, voted by majority to support the Palmerin St closure time of 3.30pm as indicated in the digital display messaging boards currently in place in two locations along Palmerin St," he said.

"Two additional static signs reinforcing the street closure will be erected on Tuesday near the Fitzroy St roundabout, and at the intersection of Grafton and Palmerin Sts.

"The street closure is required to allow for the setting up and hosting of the March of the Dungarees major event at the Warwick Town Hall."

Cr Blundell was contacted for extra comment, but did not return calls.

Cr Jamie Mackenzie
Cr Jamie Mackenzie

COMMENTS made by the mayor were met with interest by Cr Jamie Mackenzie, who said the council should "consult, consult and consult" with stakeholders.

"It appears that there has been a breakdown in consultations with a number of very concerned Palmerin St traders relying on this day as an essential part of Christmas trading," he said.

Cr Mackenzie suggested community groups be engaged to assist council staff in setting up for this important event if the timeframe was finite.

"In my experience, we elect councillors to meet to get the details right in any council matter," he said.

"Under legislation, there is no such thing as 'operational matters' that are only handled by staff."



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