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Council: Big Easter weekend ahead

It’s looking like a bumper Easter weekend on the south coast, with Eurobodalla Council reporting 84 per cent of the shire’s accommodation booked.

This is great news for businesses and a busy time is expected on Eurobodalla’s beaches and roads.

In response to community feedback, ranger patrols on beaches will be stepped up over the school holidays to make sure dog owners are doing the right thing.

Dog owners should make sure their pet is always under effective care and control. This means they can’t jump up on people, even if the dog owner thinks this is friendly behaviour. And we all hate dog poo on our beaches and streets – please scoop the poop!

Residents and visitors should check arrangements for dogs at signposted beach entry points. The full list of off-lease, timeshare and dog prohibited areas can be found on Council’s website.

Rangers will also be out and about making sure everyone sticks to the parking rules. Avoid a fine and check any signposted restrictions before you park the car.

Eurobodalla’s beaches have been impacted by the recent heavy rains and you might see your favourite spot is a bit murky or has debris on the shoreline or in the water. The good news is Council’s Beachwatch test results in today show all Eurobodalla beaches have satisfactory water quality.

Most roads have re-opened following last week’s flooding, leaving just Centenary Drive at Narooma between Williamson Drive and Apex Park with one lane closed and under traffic lights.

Eurobodalla’s unsealed roads have sustained significant damage in the floods, and motorists should exercise caution. Loads limits have been placed on Araluen Road and Nerrigundah Mountain Road, and Araluen Road remains closed at the landslip site 32km west of Moruya, with a residents-only detour in place. The load limits are 10 tonnes for Araluen Road between Merricumbene and Pigeon Gully (towards the Queanbeyan-Palerang border) and five tonnes for Nerrigundah Mountain Road from Cadgee Mountain Road turnoff to the village of Nerrigundah.

The new roundabout at Ford Street in Moruya opened to traffic in the early hours of this morning after a successful installation over three nights.

Double demerits are in force over the Easter weekend and motorists should take it easy on the roads and drive to conditions. Lock your car, it’s the law, and boaters, lock your trailer and double-check your hitch before driving home.

There’s some great events on this weekend, including the Tilba Easter Festival on Saturday, a giant cake and book sale at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, also on Saturday, as well as some fabulous art and photographic exhibitions, plus lots more. Check out whatson.eurobodalla.com.au for all the details.

Above: New dining pods in Batemans Bay, courtesy of Eurobodalla Council and funded by the NSW Government, are already proving a popular spot for a takeaway meal.