Kingscliff mulls over footbridge
KINGSCLIFF cafe proprietor and Tweed Shire councillor Dot Holdom dreads the thought of trying to cross the current Cudgen Creek bridge. "It's a run for your life affair," she says of the old wooden crossing that has no designated footway. But Cr Holdom faces an even trickier line to walk with the Kingscliff community divided over whether to back plans for a separate new footbridge slightly downstream or to push for a replacement bridge complete with footway. Currently she is refusing to take sides, saying she first wants to hear which option most people prefer. "When people have finished telling me I will do the right thing by the people," she said. The monthly meeting of the Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association on Monday week, which president Peter Gladwin expects to be attended by more than 60 people, is due to discuss the options. But Mr Gladwin said some residents were backing a new bridge with footway which they believed would be a better use of money than spending a million dollars on a footbridge. Tweed Shire Council acting engineering director Ian Munro said two op- tions for a footbridge, including a cycleway and expected to cost about a million dollars, had been put on public display and had already attracted a variety of comment. One option provided for a bridge upstream of the Marine Parade boat ramp on the north side of the creek to Sutherland Point and the other for a bridge downstream from the main bridge linking to an existing walkway near houses in Moss Street. Mr Munro said a replacement for the current traffic bridge incorporating a footway could cost about $2 million and would be the preferred option but the Council did not have the money. However extra funds would become available when any tourism development was eventually approved on the public reserve known as Lot 490 on the southern side of the creek.