Cycleway push on Lower River
SUE Schmolke is a recreational cyclist who ‘doesn’t wear lycra’ but she says it’s time that a cycle track was constructed between Maclean and Yamba for commuters, serious riders and tourists alike – and she’s not alone in her conviction.
Since her initial letter to the editor advocating a cycle and walking path between the two towns, supporters have put their hands up in agreement, while other cyclists just continue to risk life and limb to make the journey on two wheels.
Ray Hunt, of Yamba, said he rides to Brooms Head about once a week and describes the trip as ‘very hairy’ with heavy vehicles causing a draught that has in the past knocked him off.
“I use Gardeners road but you still have to get there from Yamba, which is extremely dangerous,” he said.
Clarence Valley Council has formulated a pedestrian, access and mobility plan for Yamba, Maclean, Grafton and South Grafton. It has had some consultation towards the same plan for Woombah, Iluka and Lawrence.
However, linking townships falls under the State Government’s NSW Coastline Cycleway.
The Yamba to Maclean route is included in the 1400-kilometre NSW Coastline Cycleway that stretches from the Queensland border to the Victorian border.
This year Clarence council is eligible to apply for funding on a 50/50 basis and has used this opportunity to create a walkway near Grafton Railway Station.
“A cycle path from Yamba to Maclean hasn’t been high on (council’s) agenda,” said manager of operations Clarence Valley Council, Tim Jenkins.
“At this point we are aiming to have pedestrian and bike plans finished for all the towns in the Clarence Valley,” he said.