BASS Coast Shire Council has commenced works to construct a timber beach access ramp at First Surf Beach, Cape Paterson.
Hovell Ward Councillor, Neil Rankine, said the 60 metre ramp is being constructed in order to improve the service provided by the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club.
“The ramp connects to a new 190 metre track that was constructed earlier this year,” Cr Rankine said.
“The ramp and track combined will allow easier access to the beach for lifesaving vehicles and equipment, including the club’s inflatable rescue boat.
“Currently the best option available to the club is to launch at the Cape Paterson Boat Ramp and then drive the rescue boat approximately 1.2km to the patrol site at First Surf Beach.
“This trip sometimes also involves negotiating rough surf, so the new access will reduce lifesaving response times during emergency situations.”
In order to provide access to the beach the ramp is being constructed at a location that experiences occasional wave action during storm surge events.
Local firm DAS Constructions was awarded the tender.
The ramp has been designed by a qualified coastal engineer upon consideration of the site conditions and coastal processes, to withstand coastal erosion.
These conditions and processes have influenced some design characteristics, such as the posts in concrete pads embedded 1000mm minimum into underlying rock.
Cr Rankine said the project required the removal of some coastal vegetation; however this removal will be offset in accordance with relevant government policy and legislation.
“Other works will include stabilisation of nearby eroding sand dunes, planting over 500 indigenous plants and environmental weed control,” Cr Rankine said.
The cost for both stages of the pathway construction project is $130,000. Funding of $60,000 has been provided as part of the State Government’s 2013/14 Coastal Environments Program.
The council has contributed $70,000 to the project.
Works will be completed well in advance for the coming summer lifesaving patrol period.
For further information, contact the council’s Infrastructure Delivery Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.