FUTURE OF 4WD ACCESS AT POPULAR BEACH UP IN THE AIR

The future of four-wheel driving on one of the Far North Coast’s most popular beaches remains up in the air.

Council says it doesn’t have the power to close South Ballina beach to the vehicles, but the State Government is looking at its options.

A spokesperson for Crown Lands says,

“There have been ongoing community concerns about recreational four-wheel drives creating environmental damage and public safety issues at South Ballina beach.

Consultation on the issue has taken place with Ballina Shire Council, Richmond Valley Council, the National Parks & Wildlife Service, NSW Police, Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bandjalang Aboriginal Corporation Prescribed Body Corporate.

Crown Lands would support the closure of recreational 4WD beach access points on South Ballina beach in conjunction with these other groups.

Discussions are ongoing and we will continue to keep the community informed.”