New estates comprise sports fields

CONCERNS have been raised that Murwillumbah could run out of public parkland due to the pressure of hundreds of new homes in new housing estates.

President of the Murwillumbah Ratepayers and Residents Association Robyn Lemaire has warned that while the new estates have their own local parks they have insufficient large areas of parkland for playing sport.

“They do have nice little neighbourhood parks, but if you want to play sport, where do you go?” Ms Lemaire asked.

Ms Lemaire said the pressures of Murwillumbah’s booming population would soon be felt on the town’s central parks – as well as on the roads and local shops.

“Just think, all these people will be shopping alongside you, driving the same roads, going to the same school, using the same parks and adding to our current problems,” she said.

“How do we expect to cope with an increased population while our existing facilities are being undermined?”

The council’s recreation services manager Stewart Brawley, however, said Murwillumbah had “sufficient sportsfields to cater for significant growth in the area”.

“Council will continue to upgrade the infrastructure to cater for increased demand and usage that may be generated by an increased population.,” Mr Brawley said.

Ms Lemaire said the parks issue was one of many she hopes will encourage residents to attend the Murwillumbah Ratepayers and Residents Association meetings on the third Monday night of each month.

Yesterday the council also responded to calls from the ratepayers and residents association for planning to be put under way for a second bridge in Murwillumbah.

A council spokesperson said an additional bridge “would only be necessary if there was to be additional large-scale land releases west of Murwillumbah to justify it and pay for it”.

He said the council had plans for a new road link from the Riva Vue estate through to Cane Road leading to the Condong bridge “further down the track”.

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