kingscliffboardwalk 001The new Cudgen Creek boardwalk and cycleway has been opened to the public, just in time for the influx of families and tourists who visit Kingscliff over the Christmas holiday period.

Mayor of Tweed Councillor Warren Polglase took a walk along the 300-metre foreshore structure yesterday morning and was impressed with the way the sturdy structure was built out over the water.

“It’s a very popular and well-loved creek and this boardwalk allows residents and visitors to get up close to water and even view the marine life,” Councillor Polglase said.

“The other benefit is the connection this boardwalk makes with the existing boardwalks and paths at Clough Lane and Marine Parade, making it easy to walk or ride from Salt at South Kingscliff, which is great for a healthy lifestyle.”

Built at a cost of $828,847, the Cudgen Creek boardwalk has a concrete sub-structure topped with pre-cast concrete panel deck slabs.

“This boardwalk has been constructed in a similar way to a bridge to allow it to withstand the harsh marine environment and natural events and also to meet tight environmental controls,” Councillor Polglase said.

“It was a difficult job for the contractor, Hopedale Services Pty Ltd, who had to contend with king tides and storm events early in the project.”

The boardwalk has been finished with stainless steel running rails which have been placed outside the fence alignment to ensure the pedals of bicycles are not impeded.

After receiving initial tenders in September 2007, Council decided in June 2008 to accept an alternative design in view of the extremely high cost and potential maintenance of a timber boardwalk.

Council provided $421,078 for the project, with $144,847 coming from developer Section 94 contributions and $263,000 from cycleways funding from the Department of Planning.