Trust is positive news for Urunga

URUNGA'S long-awaited tidal pool and boardwalk extension are set to become a reality following successful negotiations between Bellingen Shire Council and the NSW Department of Lands.

Following last year's move by the State Government to become trust managers of the Mylestom Caravan Park and Hungry Head Cabins, the council requested approval to use existing trust funds for the two projects.

At last week's meeting the council officially resigned as manager of the two reserves and accepted the department's offer of $400,000 on a 50/50 basis for the two projects.

Mayor Mark Troy said the outcome was good news for Urunga.

“It will be great to complete the walk all the way from the lagoon out to the beach,” Cr Troy said.

“The re-establishment of the tidal swimming area will pose a greater challenge.

“At this stage it is still proposed to have the pool where the old Lido was … but council intends to consult with residents closely at the design stage.”

Long-time pool campaigner and Urunga resident Greg McPhee said he was thrilled with the news. “Now we've finally got some money, we can work out how to use it most effectively,” he said.

Mr McPhee said he was in favour of creating a completely new tidal pool behind the Morgo Street stage rather than trying to rehabilitate the old Lido.

“It would cost a fortune to remove the old concrete pylons plus seagrass beds are now established in the area.”

Cr Troy said other government agencies would be approached to cover the remainder of the costs.

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