A new section of the Ballina Shire's shared coastal pathway, near Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head. Photo: Doug Eaton.
A new section of the Ballina Shire's shared coastal pathway, near Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head. Photo: Doug Eaton.

Progress likely soon on coastal shared pathway

WHILE some parts of the Ballina Shire's long-awaited coastal shared pathway have been done, other sections are still waiting to be finalised.

But progress could be on its way.

The council has been involved in a detailed Aboriginal consultation phase for the section from Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head to Angels Beach at East Ballina, which is expected to wind up soon.

General manager Paul Hickey said the consultants planned to meet with the Cook family last week.

A response from the Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council is also expected to be provided to the council by the end of this week, and the Anderson family has been asked to provide comments on the plans.

"We are still to obtain planning approvals for the segments from Pat Morton to the pedestrian overhead at Angels Beach," Mr Hickey said.

"We anticipate that all the necessary documentation for the plann

ing applications will be finalised next week at which time the applications can then be lodged for planning assessment.

"A final report from the consultants is due soon, and a development application for the rest of the pathway could be lodged next week."

Following years of debate and numerous specialist reports, the council has confirmed that its preferred outcome for the coastal cycleway experience is to provide two unique experiences.

There will be a coastal cycleway from Lighthouse Beach to Angels Beach, which will then cross The Coast Rd and follow the western side of The Coast Road to Skennars Head Rd.

At that point the cycleway will follow Skennars Head Rd to North Creek.

And, as an alternative; it will cross to the eastern side of The Coast Rd and follow that road to Pat Morton Lookout and Lennox Head.

The coastal walk will run from the Flat Rock car park along the coastline all the way to Pat Morton Lookout.



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