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Path and access options for Tathra

Wednesday 18 January 2017 Thatchers Flat footbridge showing damage from the storm last year.

Tathra residents are being asked for their view on how to spend $50,000 currently allocated to repairing the Thatchers Flat footbridge.

In December, Councillors resolved to consult with the community on other options and proposals, including undertaking detailed planning for the proposed Tathra Headland walking track.

The bridge, linking the holiday camping and parking area to the beach was due for renewal and was further damaged when the beach was washed away during the severe storm that hit the NSW east coast last year.

However the wonder of nature resulted in a sandbank forming where the bridge once stood, meaning beach access is still available from Thatchers Flat, for now.

Council’s Manager of Leisure and Recreation, John Grady, said with the sandbank in place it is a good time to ask Tathra residents if other options might address some existing problems and deliver better value for money. 

“We fully understand the sandbank is unlikely to be a long term fixture,” he said.

“That being said, and if access is the aim, there are other options worth thinking about, and we are now consulting with the local community to gage interest.

The options include: replacing the footbridge; installing about 170 metres of new improved access paths; or directing the funds towards the next stage of planning for the construction of a Tathra Headland walking track. A combination of installing paths and commencing the planning work might also become an option. 

Consultation will involve face-to-face listening posts at:

  • Andy Pool Drive: Thursday 19 January from 10am to 2pm, and Monday 23 January from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Bega Street & Tathra Wharf: Friday 20 January from 11am to 3pm.

An online survey is also available on Council’s website.

“Sometimes there are alternatives to simply replacing assets. Council is interested to hear what people think and this is a great chance to be involved in access improvements in Tathra,” Mr Grady said.

For more information please call Bega Valley Shire Council on 6499 2222.

Photograph: Thatchers Flat footbridge showing damage from the storm last year.

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