Ballina businesses back shared coastal path as tourism boost
THE BALLINA Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind the coastal shared recreational path on the eastern side of The Coast Road between Angels Beach and Pat Morton Lookout.
Executive officer Nadia Eliott-Burgess said the project should be a funding priority, and that construction should start as soon as possible.
Ballina Shire Council will cast the final vote on a recommendation to accept $840,000 in funding for the western side of the coastal pathway at today's ordinary meeting.
Five councillors voted for the recommendation and five against at a finance committee meeting earlier this month, with Mayor David Wright using his casting vote to carry the recommendation.
Ms Eliott-Burgess said the Ballina coast and hinterland was an emerging tourism destination that needed to invest in infra
structure to attract visitors.
"By improving our tourism offerings we also improve our chances of growing the local population and, in turn, the economy," she said.