New scale models oppose Big Prawn

FISH sculptures could replace the Big Prawn at the southern entry into Ballina once work on the bypass is finished.

‘Impressive’ landscape designs are being planned at the Teven Road and Cumbalum interchanges, and the RTA said they will be ‘attractive and practical’.

Three concept designs for the two interchanges will be released for public comment this week.

A final decision will be made by the RTA and Ballina Shire Council by February.

Designs have been developed in consultation with community representatives and aim to ‘celebrate the traditional view of Ballina as a place of plenty, with a strong connection to water and marine themes’.

One of the ideas for the Teven Road interchange, which has a 120m-wide roundabout, incorporates a combination of rock placements and linear and grouped plantings.

It reflects tribes and their campsites, with the overhead bridge representing movement between camps. There would also be fish sculptures measuring 1200mm by 600mm.

The second option for Teven Road would use red ochre, yellow ochre and white, with three-dimensional artwork and lines painted on the bridge.

At the Cumbulam interchange, there is only one design option, using fig trees to mark entry and exit ramps and melaleucas on the floodplains and roundabouts.

The three landscape designs will be on display at Ballina Fair on November 27 and 28, where forms will be available for people to write their comments.

Visit the website at for more information and comment forms.

Public comment closes on December 18, with work on the entry points to start by mid-2010.

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