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Coastal Walk Upgrade continue

Released on: 18 December 2019

Released on: 18 December 2019

The upgrades to our iconic Coastal Walk are in full stride, with Stage 1 of the Charlie Uptin to Flagstaff Hill section now complete, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

The concrete path has been widened, disability compliant grades have been established, the stairs have been upgraded, and there is a new viewing platform.

Plus retaining walls have been upgraded, and the protection & regeneration of natural vegetation has taken place.

Charlie Uptin to Flagstaff Hill Stage 2 works are scheduled to commence in February 2020, and will include a new section of boardwalk up to the Flagstaff Bridge.

Construction of the next sections of the Coastal Walk will also commence in February 2020 with the Doctors Walk and Kenny Walk upgrades. More information on these projects, including changes to pedestrian access will be provided in the New Year.

The 9km Coastal Walk winds its way along our spectacular coastline and is a much loved community drawcard, enjoyed by more than 500,000 locals and visitors each year. The upgrades are part of the Coastal Walk Master Plan, which has been developed with input from the community, aimed at improving the overall experience of this iconic community asset.

Mayor Peta Pinson said our region is well known for its beautiful beaches and scenic landscapes.

“It’s so important that we continue to provide easy access and vantage points so that everyone can enjoy our wonderful Coastal Walk,” said Mayor Pinson.

“Areas like this are not only enjoyed by locals every single day, they also bring great economic benefit to our region, attracting visitors from far and wide who choose us as a destination to enjoy attractions just like this.”

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the continued improvements to the Coastal Walk are proving extremely popular with locals and visitors keen on exploring our coastline.

“On any day hundreds of people use the Coastal Walk for exercise and to get a bird’s eye view of whales, dolphins and turtles swimming along our coastline.

“If anyone hasn’t used the Coastal Walk because of its previous condition, I encourage people to now discover the upgraded facility and see just how it has been greatly improved thanks to Council and the NSW Government working together to jointly funding this project,” Mrs Williams said.

The Charlie Uptin to Flagstaff Hill section of the Coastal Walk is one of several upgrades being undertaken as part of a $1.762 million project with Council contributing $997,000 under the Coastal Walk Master Plan, and the NSW Government contributing $765,000 under the Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund, established under Restart NSW.

Commencing in early 2020, the Doctors Walk (Oxley Beach to Windmill Hill Reserve) and Kenny Walk (Nobby’s Beach to Shelly Beach) sections of the Coastal Walk will also be upgraded.

“This is another great example of Council working closely with the NSW Government to upgrade valuable facilities that can be enjoyed by our growing community and visitors for many years to come,” added Mayor Pinson.

For more information of the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk upgrade visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Coastal-Walk