Kids climb rocks to catch bus
SIX years after Tweed Shire Council considered constructing footbridges at Tuckeroo Springs, children are still clambering over rocks to catch the school bus.
Banora Point resident June Saville said the long, narrow reserve, stretching from Glen Ayr to Darlington Drive, was in 2003 proposed by Council officers to be developed for community use.
“Apart from one small installation of playground equipment and a short section of concrete path, there are no faci-lities for recreation within easy reach of residents, mainly young families,” Ms Saville said.
“Officers agreed with us that infra- structure, including two footbridges, would eliminate the dangerous situation where children must clamber across rocks in the watercourse to catch school buses and work their way to the sporting facilities on the flat,” Ms Saville said.
But after countless community and council consultations the only change to Tuckeroo Springs, a largely un- developed area containing a watercourse, is a new sign, Ms Saville said.
In 2004, Ms Saville said, officers changed their minds about this project, proclaiming the area a security risk, and stating the land was too steep for any sort of development.”
A council spokesperson said officers assessed Tuckeroo Springs along with other sites in the area and found the area to be problematic for a number of reasons.
“It is a long, narrow piece of land with steep slopes, a deep ravine and limited street frontage,” the spokesperson said. “For these reasons it is not considered suitable for development as a community park.
“To construct a bridge across the ravine would be extremely costly.”
They said council has decided to move ahead with a regional park for Banora Point at the corner of Darlington Drive and Amaroo Drive.
“This site will have cycleways, playground equipment and barbecues to service all of Banora Point. Unlike Tuckeroo Springs, this site is large, flat and has good access via street frontages.
“A start to this project could be made as early as next year.”
However, Ms Saville believed Tuckeroo Springs should be developed first.
“They're already on the flat ground and they have sports fields and paths.
“We have nothing.”