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Images of the "new" North Wall at Ballina, taken by photographer Tony Partridge. Tony Partridge

Hopes of raised pathway to restore Ballina wall's ocean view

THERE is hope that a raised path will be built on Ballina's North Wall to restore the ocean view.

But how much that will cost and who will fund it remains up in the air.

Last week, State Member for Ballina, Don Page took Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner out to North Wall to show him what the upgrade did to the view.

The upgrade was done by Crown Lands which comes under Mr Stoner's portfolio.

The upgrade earlier this year saw concrete blocks, known as hanbars, put down at the end of the wall, blocking the view out to the ocean, which was followed by outrage in the community as the breakwall was a popular spot for tourists and locals.

Mr Page said Mr Stoner would be happy to pay for half "and potentially more" of the costs to build a raised path to the end of the wall.

It is proposed the path would be built at a gradient to allow access by people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

"I think this (a raised path) will get a much better result than we've got at the moment," Mr Page said.

"(The wall) is an important part of tourism in Ballina, and for locals, too."

Ballina's mayor David Wright said the council was happy to negotiate paying for the work on the raised path but that depended on how much it cost.

"I don't want to spend a lot of ratepayers' money on something we didn't cause," he said.

He did say the State Government's willingness to restore the view was a "positive step".

Once the upgrade works were completed, Cr Wright wrote to Mr Stoner lamenting that the concrete hanbars ruined what had become a popular tourist attraction.

Cr Sue Meehan then pushed an idea to build a raised platform at the end of the wall, but the State Government knocked that back for structural reasons and suggested the raised path.