A step in the right direction

Nanjing Night Net

Thanks to the efforts of a number of individuals and organisations, alternative pedestrian beach access at Hungry Head has been established in time to enable the beach to be patrolled and enjoyed for the start of the summer season on 19 September.

The recent altered flow of Dalhousie Creek has impeded the access not only for the general public, but for members of the Urunga Surf Lifesaving Club and the Australian Lifeguard Services who rely on easy access for patrols and training duties.

In order to allow safe pedestrian access, it was determined by the working party of Bellingen Shire Council, Bellinger Heads State Park Trust, Urunga Surf Lifesaving Club and Australian Lifeguard Services to erect temporary stairs in a preferred location after a review of environmental factors and the resulting final environmental approval.

The stairs were built in the proposed location by Bellingen Shire Council, a project funded and approved by the Bellinger Heads State Park Trust.

Signage to redirect pedestrians to the alternative and safest beach access will be erected at various points near the car park and at previous access points in time for the start of the season. Additional signage depicting the risk of submerged objects and possible deep water in the lagoon will be erected.

Mayor Mark Troy said “the natural phenomenon of the altered creek flow at Hungry Head impacted normal beach access. It was imperative that a solution was found in time for the summer season. The project has been a strong collaborative effort and I would like to extend my thanks to all those involved including Vanessa Nugent from Urunga Surf Lifesaving Club, Australian Lifeguard Services, council staff and representatives of the Bellinger Heads State Park Trust”

For any further information, contact Bellingen Shire Council on 66557300.

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