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Tura Coastal Reserves Project

Project Background

This project aims to improve the access and amenity of several key walking trails in Tura Beach. The project consists of several sub-projects including refurbishment of the two beach stairways at Dolphin Cove and The Point. Both stairways have been complemented with the construction of two linking gravel walking tracks, a total of 460m of track, to improve access in all weather conditions. These works are complete, but some additional minor works will be ongoing at these sites.

The project also includes the construction of 800m of new walking track to the Tura Headland and will feature three viewing platforms which will provide safe vantage points for locals and tourists and are expected to be very popular sightseeing destinations especially during the whale watching season. This work is scheduled for February 2021 immediately after the school holidays with the site expected to be closed to the public for 5 weeks.

Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) Involvement

Tura Headland is very significant site culturally and archeologically and is rich with Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. Extensive work has been undertaken by a consultant archaeologist to obtain an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) for the proposed works.  During this process, Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) were engaged and consulted.

Several members of Bega LALC will continue to be involved throughout the construction phase of the Tura Headland walking track and viewing platforms as they will be engaged by the contractor to work as part of the construction team, gaining construction skills and having a meaningful involvement in the project.

Funding

Funding received from the NSW Government under the Stronger Country Communities Fund, Round 2. 

Bega Valley Shire Council are contributing to the overall budget.

Connection to council’s strategic and operational plan

  • The project aligns with the goals of the council’s Community Strategic Plan goals of improved recreation facilities and spaces.
  • The project aligns with the council’s Operational Plan - the outlined objective is to support and deliver sustainable tourism and visitor experience to maximise the benefit to the community and to deliver programs that build the wellbeing, resilience and strength of communities. The relevant action is to deliver grant projects for coastal accessibility and tracks and trails.

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Time line- project delivery

Construction works for Tura Headland will commence from 27 January 2021 and run for approximately five to six weeks. Track and carpark closure will be required to ensure public safety while the works are occurring. Please look out for safety signage and comply with safety directions. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the closure.

 

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