15 March 2021

More work to open up access to our coastal vistas

| Kim Treasure
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The cliffs of Tura Headland.

The rugged coastal cliffs of Tura Headland on the NSW South Coast. Photo: File.

The push to make the views from NSW South Coast headlands more accessible is continuing, with work planned to improve the surface of the 900-metre Tura Headland walking track and create three new viewing platforms.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s project manager, Glenn Merrick, said the works would make it easier for people with limited mobility and specific needs to enjoy some of the best views along the shire’s coast.

“Erosion caused by weather, wear and tear has resulted in this popular walking track becoming degraded during the years,” he said.

“This project will significantly improve the walking track surface while making it more appealing to enjoy the local environment.

“The new viewing platforms will give safe access to some spectacular views up and down the coast, making them great vantage points for spotting whales, dolphins and seals close to the cliff edge.

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“While access along the track will be much improved through resurfacing, it should be noted the natural grades and site conditions in some sections will not be considered suitable for unassisted wheelchair use.

“The project will improve accessibility for people with limited mobility, pram users and young children, however some people with higher needs may need assistance.”

Mr Merrick said much of the area is rich in Aboriginal cultural heritage, and works will be conducted with care and sensitivity.

“Track and viewing platform construction will involve no excavation and minimal ground disturbance, and prior to any physical works, a small team of archaeologists, along with local Aboriginal representatives, will conduct surface collection and salvage studies along the path,” he said.

“All items found will be analysed, recorded and repatriated to the site in partnership with the local Aboriginal community, and in accordance with their cultural protocols.”

The new works come on the back of plans for a 30km walking trail in the Eurobodalla, linking Batehaven to Malua Bay.

Funding for the Far South Coast track improvements will come from round three of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, with co-funding provided by council.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the project is “exactly what the Stronger Country Communities Fund was designed for” and is great news for the Tura Beach community.

Onsite works will start once external approvals from governing bodies are received. The walking track will be closed to the public for about five weeks while the work is carried out.

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