Iluka jetty to go ahead
THE Iluka pontoon jetty is set to go ahead, but some councillors have admitted that while they support the idea for a new boating facility, their heart isn’t in the project.
The design for a pontoon jetty in the vicinity of the Sedgers Reef Hotel was approved at this week’s full Clarence Valley Council meeting, with planning expected to begin in the next four to six weeks.
Cr Ian Dinham opposed the style of the new structure but said he would vote for it in fear that the Iluka community would miss out.
“We are going to install what is really an old-fashion style structure sticking out in the middle of the bay that might have been something we built back in 1930,” he said.
“So that the people of Iluka get something out of this, then my hand might go up but my heart really hurts in this. We could have done something great.”
Cr Karen Toms also debated the legitimacy of the way the designated funds were being used and the lack of community involvement in the process.
More than $50,000 from NSW Maritime and a $50,000 donation from the proprietor of the Sedgers Reef Hotel will contribute to the $145,000 project, with council to make up the remaining funds.
“We had an opportunity here to do something far greater than what we ended up with,” Cr Toms said.
“It also disappoints me that the public consultation was less than transparent.
“I’m not happy but again I don’t want Iluka to miss out so I will be voting for it.”
Cr Toms said the use of council funds from the Clarence Coastal Reserve Trust only became legitimate this week after councillors voted for partial road closure of Queen Street to make the jetty on Crown land.
“A lot of the members of the Iluka community are extremely disillusioned with this council over this jetty.”