Ballina Council has bought forward funding to upgrade facilities in Wardell. Picture shows the intersection of Sinclair and Richmond streets.
Ballina Council has bought forward funding to upgrade facilities in Wardell. Picture shows the intersection of Sinclair and Richmond streets. Doug Eaton

Wardell gets the cash to upgrade

BALLINA Shire councillor David Wright was ‘absolutely mortified’ to discover that plans to upgrade Wardell’s main street could have been delayed for another three years.

This month’s report from the council’s finance department recommended the $1 million needed for the upgrade be allocated in the 2012/13 financial year.

This comes as the council guaranteed to find the $8 million needed to finish upgrading Ballina’s River Street.

Mayor Phillip Silver said Ballina’s main street should be the council’s ‘highest priority’.

But after Cr Wright expressed his concerns at the finance committee meeting, councillors voted to move Wardell’s funding forward. The money has now been allocated for this financial year.

“The community of Wardell has an expectation that this would be happening,” Cr Wright said. “I just can’t see the sense in putting it off for three years.

“Spending $1 million in Wardell will change the whole demeanour of the town. It will really mean a lot to the people of this community.”

Pat Carney from the Wardell Progress Association agreed.

“Delaying the money for our main street upgrade would certainly have been a concern to us,” he said.

“But the councillors told me last week that the money has now been moved forward.

“This funding will make a big difference to Wardell.

“The first place it should be spent, in my opinion, is an extension of the new wharf.

“While it is excellent, it is not suitable for boats. We need a pontoon.

“Other priorities are lighting and footpaths. The town just needs a good revamp.

“We are pleased to have the support of our C Ward councillors in making sure this money goes through.”




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