Work on North Wall path to start next month
WORK will start on building a raised path to the end of Ballina's North Wall early next month.
Acting Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure, Andrew Stoner, said in Ballina the work was expected to take 10 weeks and cost the State Government about $150,000.
This follows last year's $1.5m upgrade to the breakwall, which included the placement of concrete blocks, called hanbars, at the end of the wall, obscuring the ocean view.
There was uproar from the community and Ballina Shire Council. Member for Ballina, Don Page, lobbied the State Government to build a raised path so pedestrians could again enjoy the views.
Mr Stoner said "while the purpose of the breakwater is to provide safety for the community, we understand community members also enjoy the ocean views from the wall and we are committed to improving their viewing platform".
North Wall also has become a popular tourist spot.
The graded, raised path will be made of rock and gravel with a bitumen finish to match the existing path.