THERE is no shortage of new pathways in Evans Head, and pavement along the southern breakwall is the latest to undergo an upgrade.
Transport for NSW is starting work today on the $150,000 project, part of $205 million stimulus package allocated to maritime infrastructure and projects.
The work involves installation of 150mm thick by three-metre wide concrete pathway and placement of no-fines concrete edges to the total width of the breakwall.
The works are being performed by Soil Conservation Services on behalf of Transport for NSW, and will last for three weeks, weather permitting.
Richmond Valley Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the southern breakwall pathway had to be repaired numerous times over the years due to damage caused by tidal weather events and was well overdue for an upgrade.
Mr Macdonald said the upgrade’s aim was to reduce existing damage to the breakwall, improve public accessibility, as well as avoid more extensive maintenance and repair works.
He said work on the southern breakwall would also improve pedestrian use.
“The southern breakwall is a popular tourist attraction and recreation spot for Evans Head locals and visitors, so it is great to see the NSW Government investing in the repair of the pathway so it can continue to be enjoyed for many years to come,” Mr Macdonald said.
“Recreational users, including pedestrians and fishers, are asked to be patient while the repair works are being completed as access to the breakwall will be restricted.
“Local residents have been asking Council for this to happen and I’m sure they will be very pleased – it’s a result of Council’s ongoing advocacy efforts and positive relationships with the NSW Government.”