News

Pontoon home chosen

At Brushgrove about proposed pontoon site.
At Brushgrove about proposed pontoon site. Ross Kendall

DESPITE an "oversight" in the consultation process, Clarence Valley councillors said they had to make a decision on the location of Cowper/Brushgrove pontoon this week, or funding could be lost.

With a packed gallery at Maclean Chambers and following a meeting of more than 30 residents from Brushgrove and Cowper, Clarence Valley councillors agreed a site at Cowper, near the boat ramp, would be the preferred site for the pontoon.

With the NSW government Better Boating funding deadline looming, the council's decision will have to be finalised at the ordinary meeting next week.

Officers admitted there had been an "oversight" in consultation and that letters were not sent to ratepayers in the area.

However in supporting the recommended site, Cr Craig Howe said the timeframe was such, he was happy to move in favour of the Cowper site and if any residents had concerns before Tuesday's meeting, he encouraged them to contact the elected officials.

Brushgrove resident Gwen Newberry stressed she avidly supported having a pontoon in the area and appreciated the economic benefits tourism brings to Brushgrove.

"My biggest fear is that nothing is going to happen. We don't want to miss out," she said.

The Cowper site had originally been rejected because of a powerline over the river. However it had since been moved and because of the lower flow velocities, the site was reconsidered.

Topics:  clarence valley council, location, pontoon




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

FAIR GO: A tale of two babies

Jeremy and Stacey Billett with their one-week-old baby Charlotte Jeanette Billett at their home in Ilarwill.

Country babies lose out to their city cousins

Tenderer announced for new Harwood bridge

APPROVED: Chris Gulaptis and Duncan Gay (right) congratulate approved tenderers for the Harwood bridge project, Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture.

New Clarence River crossing to remove notorious traffic hotspot

$500 camera for plunge winner: help us decide

VOTE for the best Instagram #cvcplunge2016 photo.

Latest deals and offers

Grafton City SES Training

Grafton SES unit controller Adam Jarrett explains the process involved in being an...

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances