Boost for landmark at Yamba

ONE of Yamba's landmarks, Hickey Island, is set to get a facelift, benefiting from a State Government grant of more than $130,000 in response to Clarence Valley Council's plan to improve the site.

The grant is part of a NSW Maritime Infrastructure Program, offered on a 50/50 funding agreement with local councils or community groups.

Awarding the grant to council, Country Labor MLC for Clarence Greg Donnnelly said safe and convenient access to the waterways would benefit local boating communities and help support business and tourism.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for families to make the most of our State's magnificent waterways,” he said

Council last year announced it was working to secure further funding for the site after it was successful in attracting some money from the Environmental Trust that enabled the development of a weed control plan and barrier fencing.

Clarence Valley Council general manager Stuart McPherson said this grant would initially be used to upgrade the car park, restricting four-wheel-drive access and improving public walking access to Whiting Beach.

He said council had attempted to stop four-wheel-drives entering the dune area by erecting posts, however, further work needed to be done. He would like to see barbecues provided for the many that use Whiting Beach.

  •  The NSW Department of Lands, meanwhile, is seeking proposals for redevelopment of the Gorman's Restaurant site on Hickey Island.

The closing date for proposals is March 4.

A spokesperson for the Department of Lands said that while both projects were managed separately, their combined effect would provide significant benefit to the Yamba community.

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