Shoalhaven City Council staff and Councillors met with both local property owners and members of the Vincentia Ratepayers and Residents Association last week as they inspected the proposed Round the Bay Walk site adjacent to Orion Beach, Vincentia.
Once completed, the Round the Bay Walk will connect walking routes on both Council and National Parks managed foreshore land around Jervis Bay from Callala Bay to Hyams Beach.
Council previously adopted the Round the Bay Walks Implementation Plan, a document designed to develop missing sections of walking routes between Callala Bay and Vincentia while also investigating potential branding and promotional options.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said Councillors took the site visit as an opportunity to further familiarise themselves with both the constraints and issues surrounding the Round the Bay Walk.
“Once completed, the Round the Bay Walk will provide a stunning walking route on and adjacent to some of the most picturesque beaches and headlands on the eastern seaboard,” said Clr Gash.
“Given the amazing location, Council is also looking at the Round the Bay Walk as a possible significant ecotourism attraction with the potential to greatly increase visitor numbers and overnight stays to the area.
“Councillors used the recent site inspection to better familiarise themselves with the restrictions and challenging conditions found in parts of the proposed route.”
“Some of the issues discussed with local residents and VRRA members included foreshore stability, surrounding vegetation considerations and the opportunity to mimimse any potential impacts on the adjoining landowner’s amenity.”