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Upgraded facilities at South Durras boat ramp ready for Easter

Ian Campbell 19 April 2019
Upgraded facilities at the South Durras boat ramp this Easter. Photo: ESC

Upgraded facilities at the South Durras boat ramp ready for Easter. Photo: ESC

Easter brings more than chocolate eggs to Eurobodalla locals and holidaymakers with upgraded car-park facilities at the South Durras boat ramp.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Infrastructure Works Manager Tony Swallow says there are now 19 parking spaces available, including nine catering for boat trailers.

“To improve drainage and prevent possible erosion caused by informal parking, we’ve surfaced the car park, with kerb and gutter added where appropriate,” Mr Swallow says.

“This will reduce sediment washing into Durras Lake.”

The recent work wraps up a major upgrade of the boat ramp and surrounds, and was partly funded by the NSW Government’s Boating Now program.

Mr Swallow says advocacy by the Durras Community Association helped Council secure the funding.

“The boat ramp was upgraded in 2017. Now we’ve extended its length and height to tie-in with the raised level of the car park. Both will remain accessible when the lake closes to the ocean and the water level rises,” he says.

“We’ve also added a new pathway to connect facilities and separate pedestrians from vehicles; people like to wander down to this beaut spot by the lake.”

Upgraded facilities at the South Durras boat ramp ready for Easter. Photo: ESC

Upgraded facilities at the South Durras boat ramp ready for Easter. Photo: ESC

Another big part of the revamp were new public toilets finished just before Christmas.

“There were sensitive environmental concerns around the site,” says Council’s Facilities Manager Chris Tague.

“We constructed the toilet block entirely off-grid from power, water and sewer services, with water for the hand basins delivered by a solar pump from tanks at the rear.

“We’ve had good feedback. People seem to like the planet-friendly approach.”

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