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Cocora beach rehabilitation about to start

Thursday 12 May 2016 Cocora Beach dune system, soon to be restored through a collaboration between Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Bega Valley Shire Council is about to start rehabilitation work on one of the region’s favourite beaches.

Cocora Beach, off Ida Rodd Drive is a popular spot for local and visiting families.

Considered a safe swimming beach, Cocora also boasts a playground, picnic tables, BBQ’s, toilets and cold showers.

However over time the beaches’ dune system has suffered as a result of its popularity.

“The area of dune next to the formal car park has become increasingly degraded by foot traffic, lack of native vegetation and stormwater,” Kyran Crane Council’s Coastal Management Officer said.

Council will be reshaping the dune to mimic its natural form.  Construction of fences and formalised walkways will follow along with replanting of native vegetation.

“The result is a balance between the needs of this fragile coastal environment and the interests of the community,” Mr Crane said.

“The works will also help build the robustness of the dune which can act as a storm barrier, better protecting nearby roadways and other public assets.”

The work has been jointly funded by Bega Valley Shire Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage. It forms part of Council’s larger dune restoration and rehabilitation program which has seen improvements to dunes at Short Point, Fishpen, Tathra Beach and Aslings Beach.

When complete in early June, the works will compliment what’s already been achieved at Cocora Beach around the starting point of the Bundian Way, an ancient Aboriginal pathway linking the Snowy Mountains and the sea.

Council asks that the public to take care around the site during the works and steer clear of fenced off areas.

If you have any questions regarding the works, please contact Council’s Environmental Services team on 6499 2222.

Photograph: Cocora Beach dune system, soon to be restored through a collaboration between Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

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