A new pathway at Rifle Range Beach will protect the dunal system and provide safe access to the beach.
Parks and Gardens portfolio spokesperson, Cr Wayne Honor said the work was aimed at reducing erosion at the site and lessening the impact on local flora.
“There is a section at Rifle Range beach which has experienced high levels of natural erosion over some time,” Cr Honor said.
“In addition to this people have created their own track down to the beach, which has caused further erosion to the sand dunes and impacted local flora.
“Our Parks Operation and Maintenance team identified this and have redirected the current fencing.
Further to this they’ve built a walking track behind the dunes, which will let people enjoy the southern part of the beach without affecting the dunes or the surrounding flora.”
Operational Supervisor for Park operations and Maintenance, Ross Maguire said the new track takes residents behind the dunes, thereby saving the already affected dunes from further erosion.
“We’ve constructed a new meandering route through the trees that takes you over the dunes without causing any negative impact on the already affected sand dunes,” Mr Maguire said.
“It’s a new two-and-half metre wide pathway with log posts and wire to delineate the path, and we’ve also laid crusher dust over the sand to firm up the base.”
Cr Honor praised the team on the success of the new pathway and for its design, which compliments the natural surrounding landscape.
“The Council Parks and Gardens maintenance team have come up with a great solution to ensuring the new track fits in with the existing vegetation and causes minimal impact to the site.”
“The community can now access the beach through a much safer pathway and the dunes are now protected.”
Weather permitting the work is expected to be completed by the end of this week.