Ron’s rad­i­cal car plan

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - CAMP­BELL GELLIE

KINGSCLIFF res­i­dents have been be­moan­ing traf­fic de­lays and con­ges­tion for years and coun­cil­lor Ron Cooper thinks he has the so­lu­tion. Driver­less golf bug­gies. Cr Cooper says he could fix the con­ges­tion in Kingscliff with carts ideally de­signed by Telsa founder Elon Musk.

“There would be a pe­riph­eral park­ing area and then a pool of golf bug­gies that all the peo­ple lob­bing into Kingscliff could ride in,” he said.

“If Elon Musk could make his driver­less golf bug­gies that are al­ways on the move, it would be great. The bug­gies wouldn’t take up as much room on the road and it would take a lot of cars off the road.”

Cr War­ren Pol­glase said he was not sur­prised Cr Cooper had come up with a “pie in the sky idea that would never hap­pen”.

“There is nowhere to park the cars,” Cr Pol­glase said.

“(The coun­cil) have been try­ing to find some­where for ad­di­tional park­ing in Kingscliff for years and we can’t find any, so I don’t know where he will find it. Ron Cooper was one of the guys that said the one-way street down Ma­rine Pa­rade wouldn’t work, but it has and it cre­ated 42 ex­tra car parks in Kingscliff.”

Tav­erna restau­rant coowner Abby Dun­can, whose busi­ness is in Ma­rine Pa­rade, said she would sup­port any idea that in­creased tourist num­bers. “How­ever, it does sound ex­pen­sive,” she said. “I can’t see that there’s much money float­ing around for some­thing like that. I wouldn’t say there is a prob­lem with con­ges­tion in Kingscliff.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally park­ing on a Sun­day can be hard but you can al­ways get one. You might have to do a cou­ple laps but you al­ways get one.”

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