Experience Urunga by boardwalk
HIGH winds had skirts and hair flying on Saturday morning as more than 150 people crowded around the new viewing platform for the official opening of the Urunga Boardwalk extension.
Residents of all ages and physical capabilities made the kilometre long hike from the town to the beach, all full of praise for new addition.
Vicky Ford said her regular walks were now even more delightful.
“It’s beautiful to walk out here, I do it often but now it is a lot more relaxing,” Ms Ford said.
“Tree roots used to be a major hazard – now I hardly need to watch where I am going.”
Long-time resident Bruce Pettit said the extension was greatly appreciated by the community.
“It’s just wonderful – a great addition for everyone that has been a long time coming,” Mr Pettit said.
Just how long was outlined to the crowd by Coffs Harbour MLC, Greg Donnelly.
“The original footbridge was built in the late 1890s, replaced by a more substantial structure in 1940.
“The completion of this connection of Urunga to the beach is a milestone in the history of the area.”
Bellingen Shire mayor Mark Troy said the project had been a long-held ambition that had required much patience.
“But finally the stars aligned and the funding arrived,” he said.
“Now there is no need to scramble over rocks – both the fit and the fragile can enjoy this walk.”
The $400,000 project was jointly funded by the NSW Lands and Property Management Authority and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.
Following the opening of the extension, LPMA general manager Graham Harding officially opened the upgrade of the Morgo Street Reserve.
Urunga/Mylestom chamber of commerce president Steve Allan said what had been a barren open space was now a real destination and he thanked park managers, North Coast Holiday Parks, for their passion and vision.
A family fun day hosted by the chamber and Urunga Surf Life Saving Club followed the official ceremony.