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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Observation Point upgrade full steam ahead

With excitement building over the upgrade to Observation Point, Council reminds the public not to enter the construction site until works are complete.

Project engineer George Workman said the two-level viewing platform is halfway to completion and will take about three more weeks to finish.

“The viewing platform is fully accessible, with ramps and seating to present outstanding views of nearby islands, Batemans Bay and new bridge,” Mr Workman said.

“I expect the deck will be bookable for wedding and events as it has been designed to hold up to 100 guests.

“There is coach and car parking, lots of seating, a bespoke shade structure, yarning circle with seating and several smaller viewing areas.”

Observation Point is also the northern gateway to the new 14.5km Batemans Bay Coastal Headlands Walking Trail.

“Once complete, Observation Point will become the jewel and the crown of the walking trail,” Mr Workman said.

“The upgrade not only focuses on magnificent views, but culture and history as well. We’ve included a focus on Indigenous cultural heritage and an attention to native landscaping details.

“There will be information signage of Aboriginal and European cultural and historical information.”

Two dead trees that are hollow bearing were also kept in the plans after being assessed safe to keep.

“We have been able to keep two large spotted gum trees,” Mr Workman said.

“They can provide opportunities for native animal habitat and signage will be installed showing the environmental benefits.”

With construction work full steam ahead, Mr Workman warned the public to steer clear of the area.

“Our construction teams are still seeing community members come to the gates every day to take a look,” Mr Workman said.

“Please be mindful the site is closed to the public with heavy plant machinery and construction teams busily working to get the job done by the end of the year.

“Please do not approach the site until works are complete.”

Without too many rain delays, Mr Workman said Observation Point was on track to be finished by late November.

Meanwhile, construction on the walking trail from Observation Point to McKenzies Beach will commence in coming weeks.

“There will be construction activity around trail establishment, footpaths, stairs and additional viewing platforms along the trail,” Mr Workman said.

The walking trail links headlands and beaches between Batehaven and McKenzies Beach via existing natural bush tracks. It is scheduled to open mid-2023.

The $6.5 million Coastal Headland Walking Trail and Observation Point project has been jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments, Council and community groups. For more information, visit the project page on Council’s website.

Viewing deck is halfway complete

Decking almost done with railings to go up next

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