Walk of fame in limbo

KINGSCLIFF residents will soon be asked if they want a Hollywood-style Australian Walk of Fame built on Marine Parade.

Local businessman Allan Black, who proposed the walk as a way of attracting tourists while raising money for charities, said a meeting of about 20 Kingscliff residents this week which he addressed - and which gave the thumbs down to the idea - was not representative of Kingscliff.

Mr Black said that he would organ- ise a mailout of a flyer asking Kingscliff residents if they wanted the walk in their township and if a sizeable minority were against it he would look elsewhere to locate it.

Kingscliff Ratepayers and Residents Association president Peter Gladwin said a straw poll after the meeting of the two-dozen people in attendance showed no-one supported the proposed location of the walk.

A minority of association members, Mr Gladwin said, wanted more informa- tion before making a decision while a majority did not want the walk "anywhere within Kingscliff".

"Lots of locals have been trying to get footpaths built or upgraded here for years and members felt the $6000 ongoing cost to ratepayers of the walk would be better spent maintaining current footpaths," he said.

"The general feeling from the majority of members was that the walk was not in keeping with the beachside atmosphere of Kingscliff and the so-called "stars" to be honoured are not relevant to the town which has many unsung volunteers not recognised at all.

"We suggested areas such as Twin Towns with the Johnny O'Keefe statue or the Salt development seemed to be more appropriate .?.?. even though we fully supported the idea of raising money for charities," he said.

Mr Black said if locals did not want the walk in their neighbourhood, Kingscliff would "miss out on a great opportunity".

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