Seaside route for shared pathway

BALLINA Shire Council has decided to stick to its vision to build a shared pathway as close to the coast as possible, despite consultants recommending a route mostly along The Coast Road.

After tense discussions at last night's civil services committee meeting, the council approved GHD's recommendations only for the sections south of Flat Rock and north of the Pat Morton lookout.

But the controversial middle section will be the subject of further negotiations with landowners, Aboriginal groups and environmentalists.

It is hoped that section will go closer to the beach.

Cr Sue Meehan said nobody would walk along the track if it went alongside The Coast Road.

“I am not going to give up,” she said.

“This is a once-only opportunity to create a legacy for future generations.”

Cr David Wright also criticised GHD's report to the council, and Cr Alan Brown said their recommendation ‘takes away from what we are trying to achieve'.

But Cr Jeff Johnson said the council had already ‘spent thousands of dollars on consultants' and that they should listen to them.

Mayor Phillip Silver said the council was trying to do too much.

“We have tried to be many things to too manypeople ... and in the process we have offended everyone and pleased no one,” he said.

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