The Merimbula Boardwalk is a popular short walk that provides a unique experience, connecting visitors to the visual amenity and ecological value of Merimbula Lake and the region. The boardwalk is rated as #1 of 14 things to do in Merimbula on TripAdvisor.
Located in close proximity to the Merimbula Central Business District, it provides a convenient nature tourism experience that showcases threatened ecological communities, and provides important recreational activities such as walking, swimming, bird watching, and recreational fishing.
The boardwalk was built in 1997 and since then has seen an increase in use demonstrating its popularity. In 2021, twenty-four years down the track, the boardwalk whilst popular as ever, is showing significant signs of decline and has disproportionately high maintenance costs. The boardwalk has reached the end of its serviceable life, and it requires an upgrade to ensure it continues to provide recreation and tourism activation for our region.
Council is developing a Concept Design for an upgrade to the boardwalk that has a strong balance between visual amenity, environmental impacts and increased user demand.
The purpose of developing a Concept Design is to ensure all constraints and opportunities in relation to the proposed upgraded boardwalk, including environmental and cultural heritage values, and increased recreational use, is considered in the design. The Concept Design will also be used to seek community feedback through public consultation. Additionally, a Concept Design, including feasibility assessment, enables Council to seek cost estimates for the delivery stage, and apply for funding from potential funding partners.
The overall objective of the project is to eventually upgrade and enhance the boardwalk to ensure it continues to be a key nature tourism feature of Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast.
It is proposed that the completed project will deliver improved outcomes to visitor experience, the foreshore environment, environmental and aboriginal heritage education, recreation opportunities, and safety and accessibility.
This project is connect to Council's Community Strategic Plan through Outcome 1, Goal 1 and 2; Outcome 2, Goal; Outcome 3, Goal 5; and Outcome 5, Goal 10.
From 19 July to 8 August 2021 Council sought feedback from the community on how people use the boardwalk now and how they would like to use the boardwalk in the future. Key insights from the engagement are summarised in this Listening Report. This information will be used to inform the draft Concept Design which will be released for public consultation in late 2021.
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Council has allocated funding to complete Stage 2 of the project for the Merimbula Boardwalk and Foreshore Path Upgrade project.