Footbridge plan a waste - Dual bridge needed now
A NEW Cudgen Creek bridge complete with pedestrian and bicycle way is needed now, not at some point in the future, Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association president Peter Gladwin warned yesterday. He said a growing number of Kingscliff residents felt construction of a separate footbridge downstream from the current post-war timber bridge at a cost of nearly a million dollars would be a waste of money. Tweed Shire Council has displayed two options for a footbridge, but council officers say a replacement traffic bridge with footway would cost $2 million and funds won't be available until public land earmarked for a tourist venture on the southern side of Cudgen Creek is developed. The ratepayers association is due to discuss the issue at a meeting in the Kingscliff Public School library from 7.30pm Monday. Mr Gladwin said most Kingscliff residents he had spoken to thought it was "silly" to build a separate footbridge. "There's a real necessity to have a new bridge now," he said. "Traffic is getting worse and especially now, with the school holidays, when you have kids jumping off the bridge. It's just an accident waiting to happen". Mr Gladwin said a new bridge should allow the removal of abutments which had narrowed Cudgen Creek and possibly worsened sand build up downstream. A new bridge would also provide a pedestrian and cycleway linking the heart of Kingscliff with Salt and Casuarina. "I'm looking forward to the day when that cycleway is put in," he said. "We go cycling down at Casuarina as a family now ? but we have to drive down there with the bikes in the back of the ute."