Justine Elliot (front) with Barry Longland (left) at the opening of Wharf Park in Murwillumbah.
Justine Elliot (front) with Barry Longland (left) at the opening of Wharf Park in Murwillumbah. Contributed

Let's use river more says mayor

TWEED'S mayor wants residents to make better use of the river and he reckons a new fully-equipped park at Murwillumbah could be just the ticket.

Cr Barry Longland said he hoped an amenities block on the river's edge, which was opened today, would mark the start of better use of the river for open space and transport.

"I don't know if we have maximised the use of the river," Cr Longland said.

He said the design and art in Wharf Park showcases how important the river was to past communities on the Tweed.

The passenger steamer, called Uki, was represented in a mural in the park along with plaques containing information about the significance of the location as a working wharf.

"For a long time, there's been a need for local workers to have a space near the main street to enjoy their lunch breaks. By providing all the amenities on one place, such as drinking fountains, bins and bike racks, this need has been fulfilled," Cr Longland said.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot helped open the park after the Federal Government's $61,600 contribution to the project through the Accessible Communities Initiative.

"The completion of projects like the upgrade of Wharf Park is a great success which will benefit for the whole Tweed community," Mrs Elliot said.

Wharf Park is named after Government Wharf, which once stood on the riverbank and was once the lifeblood of Murwillumbah.



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