HAPPY DAY: Tango the dog, Graeme Lynn, Garry Freeman, Cr Karen Toms, Lyn Kolak and Rick Kolak are all ecstatic that vehicle access has not been closed near the Iluka breakwall. Photo: JoJo Newby
HAPPY DAY: Tango the dog, Graeme Lynn, Garry Freeman, Cr Karen Toms, Lyn Kolak and Rick Kolak are all ecstatic that vehicle access has not been closed near the Iluka breakwall. Photo: JoJo Newby

And after all, it’s our wonderwall...

EVEN the mention of closing the access road to Iluka breakwall had the seaside town battle ready.

"They are hopping mad," Clarence Valley councillor Karen Toms said at the ordinary meeting on Tuesday night.

"They are so angry we have taken it to this point just because of one simple letter for one organisation."

The Association of Iluka Residents Inc (AIR) wrote to the council to ask the breakwall access road be closed because of uncontrolled litter and pollution of human waste and toilet paper in the car park area.

The letter also claimed there was a potential safety issue and a potential traffic hazard.

This prompted council officers to put a report to the elected officials suggesting the local authority, which is the trust manager of some of the land in question, ask the public what it thought about closing the road.

"There's no doubt in my mind the community does not want that road closed," Cr Toms said.

"They've been lobbying me for years to get it sealed.

"They're ready to have public meetings ... they are on the war path ... that road is everything to most of them."

Cr Toms said AIR was a "small organisation" and not representative of the wider community.

While admitting he was "scared" to say anything, Cr Craig Howe said he still thought the right thing to do was put the issue to the public.

"I don't know what the whole community is saying," he said.

Council staff got a pat on the head for bringing the matter to their elected officials, but councillors decided to not talk about it with the public any further and to leave the access open.

Speaking yesterday from Iluka, resident Graeme Lynn supported the move.

"I was amazed it even came up as a discussion in the council," he said.

"A lot of elderly people can't get out to the beach; it's the only access where they can sit in the beach and the river and the bar."



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