Eurobodalla Council is presently undertaking substantial works to totally replace the stairway precinct for the public to access the Coila Beach area in recognition that this beach is becoming more popular each holiday season.
John Tilbrook, Secretary of the Tuross head Progress Association speculates that the improvements are "possibly due to the state of the Main beach at Tuross Head because of the state of the beachfront from timber debris discharged from the Tuross Estuary following the bushfires and several flooding events over the past three years." John says "Thankfully Council will once again be clearing the debris from the Main Beach this week 16 Aug to 21 Aug 22, and the created wood piles will be burnt in situ by our local RFS Brigade volunteers".
John advises that the old Coila Toilet Block will also be replaced in FY23/24 saying that the next Amenities Block will be of a similar design to the new toilet and amenities block at the Main beach/Caravan Park car park.
The news of the replacement being little more than a slight improvement on the Ruso-Bloc architecture that characterises the shire's toilet blocks is quite disappointing, offering once again evidence that the Council is unable to think outside of the box. The minimalist aesthetic they have for toilet blocks is not itself an expression of vision, but rather, it is a reaction to an absence of vision.
A long standing suggestion to value add to the facility and the location has been to put a pop-up cafe on the roof that would join to the adjacent cycleway by a flying bridge making the facility all-ability accessible. Council could then lease the cafe thereby value adding to the community owned asset and providing an additional tourism focal point that might double as a informal information centre for the region.
With ample parking and pedestrian access the cafe would be a major improvement, with minimal cost, that would transform a dull dunny into something that actually contributes to the township and the region.
But will the councillors keep their blinkers on and accept the standard drivel that would see us remain mediocre?
To date there has only been a few who suggest such a cafe, even though it is mainly glass and has a lightness of being, blocks the view. But Council's oft used standard response of "There are no guarantees of views when you buy your property" might negate any outcry.