Wollongbar Progress Association President Adam Easton says land allocated for public open space off Rifle Range Road is too steep for community use.
Wollongbar Progress Association President Adam Easton says land allocated for public open space off Rifle Range Road is too steep for community use. The Northern Star

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PLANS for residential expansion at Wollongbar have urged resident Adam Easton to 'rally the troops' in a bid for the community to have its say about a piece of sloping land.

The President of the Wollongbar Progress Association says an area designated in the plans for public open space, located off Rifle Range Road, is too steep for community use.

“Our real concern at the moment is that the land allocated for open space is too steep,” Mr Easton said.

“It's on an 18-to-30 degree slope.

“Imagine mums pushing prams and kids on trikes trying to navigate a 25-degree slope. How are they going to navigate up and down that?”

Mr Easton said the association was also concerned about the slope as it meant the section of land was subject to water run-off when it rained, meaning the bottom of it 'would easily become a cesspool'.

“It doesn't look like there is any other land that can be allocated for open space, but my point is it's important for the community to be aware of this and to stress that appropriate infrastructure, like paths, need to be built to let the community navigate the slope,” he said.

The land known as the Wollongbar Urban Expansion Area is between Rifle Range and Sneaths roads on the northern outskirts of Wollongbar.

The 105-hectare area was rezoned to allow village development in 2002, and, when developed, will accommodate about 2500 people.

Ballina Shire Council's General Manager, Paul Hickey, said he found the concerns surprising as the land had been identified as appropriate for an open space area through community consultation many years ago.

However, he said it was an ongoing process, subject to more investigations and planning.

Mr Easton encouraged residents to attend Wollongbar Progress Association meetings. Call 6628 8723 for details.



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