4 November 2022

Sticky beaks warned to steer clear as Observation Point lookout nears completion

| Katrina Condie
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The viewing deck

Interest is growing as the Observation Point viewing deck nears completion. Photo: ESC.

Batehaven’s spectacular Observation Point lookout is taking shape, however with trucks and heavy machinery moving around in the area, sticky beaks are being asked to keep out.

While excitement is building over the project, Eurobodalla Shire Council staff are reminding members of the public not to enter the construction site until works are complete.

The two-level viewing platform is halfway to completion and project engineer George Workman said it was expected to be completed by the end of November.

With construction moving full steam ahead, he warned the public to steer clear of the area.

“Our construction teams are still seeing community members come to the gates every day to take a look,” Mr Workman said.

“Please be mindful the site is closed to the public with heavy plant machinery and construction teams busily working to get the job done by the end of the year.

“Please do not approach the site until works are complete.”

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The viewing platform is fully accessible, with ramps and seating to present outstanding views of nearby islands, Batemans Bay and the new bridge.

“I expect the deck will be bookable for weddings and events as it has been designed to hold up to 100 guests,” Mr Workman said.

“There is coach and car parking, lots of seating, a bespoke shade structure, yarning circle with seating and several smaller viewing areas.”

Observation Point is the northern gateway to the proposed $6.5 million Batemans Bay Coastal Headlands Walking Trail.

“Once complete, Observation Point will become the jewel in the crown of the walking trail,” Mr Workman said.

“The upgrade not only focuses on magnificent views, but culture and history as well.

“We’ve included a focus on Indigenous cultural heritage and an attention to native landscaping details.”

There will be signage of Aboriginal and European cultural and historical information on the viewing platform and along the walking trails.

Two large dead spotted gum trees that are hollow bearing were also kept in the plans after being assessed safe to keep.

“They can provide opportunities for native animal habitat, and signage will be installed showing the environmental benefits,” Mr Workman explained.

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Without too many rain delays, Mr Workman said Observation Point was on track to be finished by late November, with work on the 14.5 kilometre walking trail from Observation Point to McKenzies Beach soon to commence.

“There will be construction activity around trail establishment, footpaths, stairs and additional viewing platforms along the trail,” Mr Workman said.

The walking trail will link headlands and beaches between Batehaven and McKenzies Beach via existing natural bush tracks and is scheduled to open mid-2023.

The $6.5 million Coastal Headland Walking Trail and Observation Point project has been jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments, council and community groups. For more information, visit the project page on council’s website.

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