Cycleway money dropped by RTA
By Dawn Cohen
The RTA has withdrawn funding for the controversial Angels Beach cycleway because the council has not obtained approval from the traditional landowners.
The southern headland of Angels Beach, Black Head, is the site of a massacre of up to 300 Aboriginal residents by Queensland troopers in 1853.
Ballina Shire Council approved the $260,000 cycleway from Angels Beach to Flat Rock in May last year.
An RTA grant of $55,000 was dependent on the council gaining consensus from the traditional owners.
"It is like Gallipoli for us," said traditional owner, Susan Anderson.
"A lot of bodies are buried there."
But civil services group manager John Truman is recommending the council's general meeting today pushes ahead with the plans.
"It is unrealistic to obtain approval from every stakeholder," he said.