RSL gives Ballina a new boardwalk
THE long-awaited waterfront boardwalk at the Ballina RSL Club will be officially opened tonight.
Completed at a cost of $660,000, the timber boardwalk is 75 metres long and three metres wide.
Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin, State Ballina MP Don Page, Ballina mayor Phillip Silver and Ballina RSL Club chairman Gary Hooley will be on hand to cut the ribbon and open the boardwalk.
“This is a great asset for the community,” club general manager Bill Coulter said.
“It’s going to be wonderful that people can now walk from here right along to North Wall.”
Mr Hooley said the club was committed to putting money back into the community.
“A lot of people don’t realise that clubs are not-for-profit. This is what we do,” he said.
“The design and construction of the RSL boardwalk is a great achievement for the board.
“Given the difficult financial times all organisations have been facing, it is a credit to the club that we could pull this off.”
The RSL Club was required to build the boardwalk as part of its licensing agreement. In October 2005, the riverside public walkway was identified as one of the club’s top priorities.
Ballina Shire Council gave the club approval to build the boardwalk in May 2007, and construction started in October this year.
The boardwalk will be managed by the club for the first 12 months, after which it will be handed over to the council.
The council will then be responsible for all of the management and maintenance associated with the boardwalk.