“Cardno, our consultants, have been working for the last couple of months trying to weave a pathway through the Minnamurra Bends that addresses the environmental and heritage concerns,” says Council’s Director of Engineering & Works, Gino Belsito.
“The preferred path hugs the road as much as possible to the north, cantilevering from the embankment.
“The southern end has a less stable embankment and more mangroves, so going out in the water is the preferred option.”
The preferred route takes into account ecological and heritage issues, as well as opportunities to provide water access, viewing platforms and social spaces.
Cardno has produced a report on its work determining the preferred route, which is available from Council’s website: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au
Cardno, in conjunction with Council, is hosting community information sessions to gather ideas for the design of the boardwalk.
“We’d like to get the community’s input into what they would like to see in terms of the finishes and the facilities that we can incorporate onto the walk.
“For example, should we incorporate points along there for fishing or to sit, how should the deck and the river connect, and what sort of lighting and bins should we have.”
Mr Belsito says the final width of the walkway will depend on the budget.
“It needs to be a minimum of 2.5 metres wide, but our original tender was for 4 metres, which is the maximum it will be.”
The project is fully funded by the NSW Government.
Details: Wednesday 15 August, Kiama Golf Club, 2pm – 4pm