The beautiful views and natural delights of the Tura Headland walking track will soon be open to more people following upcoming works to improve accessibility and enjoyment.
Partly funded through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, the 900-metre walking track will undergo works to improve the surface and create three new viewing platforms.
Council’s Project Manager, Glenn Merrick said the works will 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 over the years,” Mr Merrick 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.
"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.
“Much of the area is rich in Aboriginal cultural heritage, and works will be conducted with due 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.
“All items found will be analysed and recorded and repatriated to the site in partnership with the local Aboriginal community, and in accordance with their cultural protocols.”
Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said it was great news for the Tura Beach community, having safer and more accessible pathway to one of the most amazing views on the coast.
“This project is exactly what the Stronger Country Communities Fund was designed for and I’m pleased to see it complete.”
Works will commence onsite once external approvals from governing bodies are received.
Upon commencement of works, the walking track will close to the public for approximately five weeks.
Funding for the track improvements came from round three of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, with co-funding provided by Council.