Options open for Budd Park
BUDD Park in Murwillumbah could have a new look as part of a proposed erosion mitigation plan.
The Tweed Shire Council is seeking public feedback on the best way to alleviate erosion of the bank and one option is to lower the park.
The council's waterways program leader Tom Alletson said there was a serious need to address the erosion and stabilise the river bank.
"At the highest point the top of the river bank is about 3.5m from the waterline," Mr Alletson said.
"The damage has been gradual over a long period of time but over the last two wet seasons the erosion has been accelerating."
Mr Alletson said something had to be done this dry season.
One option was a "substantial" reconfiguration of the river bank to lower the steep bank which would include removing 2000 cubic metres of soil from the park.
The report stated that it would create more space within the park where people could be close to and interact with the river.
The other option was minimal work to alleviate the existing erosion problem.
The second option would involve removing existing undercut riverbank vegetation and constructing a uniform height rock wall.
Tweed River Committee put forward the plan to address the erosion at the park.
Committee chairman Katie Milne said this has "been on the books for many years."
"The decision in the committee about the plan was quite divided," Cr Milne said.
"It's quite a visible park in Murwillumbah."
Cr Milne said the $150,000 difference between the two options was substantial for the small committee.
"That $150,000 could be spent on some other stretch of river," she said.
"This is a huge amount from scarce funds that's for the environment rather than the built environment."
Cr Milne said at the council meeting last month that the plan for Budd Park going on public exhibition should include other options where the additional funds could go to give people a more informed choice.