TOWN DIVIDED: President of the Wardell Progress Association Pat Carney hopes to one day see a boardwalk extend under the Wardell bridge.
TOWN DIVIDED: President of the Wardell Progress Association Pat Carney hopes to one day see a boardwalk extend under the Wardell bridge.

Wardell’s voice

SINCE 1964, Wardell has been a town divided by a road - but the Wardell District Progress Association is working to fix that.

It was in 1964 the Wardell Bridge was opened, and the Pacific Hwy route was changed to split the town in two. Previously, the highway had followed the Richmond River and the crossing was at Burns Point ferry, Ballina.

The division is about how pedestrians get from one side of the Pacific Hwy to the eastern side of town where the shops, the hall and the pub are.

President of the association Pat Carney said there is a walkway underneath the bridge, but it's not particularly wide.

He said the association is working with Ballina Shire Council on plans for a boardwalk from the new wharf, under the bridge, linking the western and eastern sides of the village.

That's just one of the issues the association has taken on board.

Mr Carney encourages more in the community to get involved in the association, as the annual general meeting is coming up next week.

"Many members have been volunteering to support the issues affecting Wardell and district, which provides an excellent opportunity for members of the community, too," Mr Carney said.

The AGM will be held on April 17 at the Wardell & District War Memorial Hall starting at 7pm.

On the agenda will be an update on the formation of a Wardell Hall management committee.

Phone Pat Carney on 6683 4360 for further information


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