Community paves the way for new path

PARTNERSHIP: David Wadsworth, Bill Hughes, Vanessa Waller and Bob Burbank on the new path built through a partnership between council and the Callala Bay community. A COMMUNITY project is paving the way in Callala Bay.Until last week students from Callala Bay Public School and their parents had to walk through mud to get to the school crossing.Thanks to a Shoalhaven City Council funded project locals have built a footpath that once complete will link the school with the shopping centre on Emmett Street.Parents and children had been crossing the coastal village’s main street anywhere but the crossing because in wet weather it had become so boggy. Even in dry weather the rough dirt roadside made it difficult for people with prams and virtually impassable for people in wheelchairs or those using mobility scooters.Callala Bay Community Association member Bob Burbank, who headed the project, said there had been a lot of talk for a long time about paving the area.He said they had been offered a choice by council: either wait 10 years to have it done or do it as a community project.“We got a core group of 10 people together who had various skills to dig it out and help lay the concrete,” he said.“Quite a few women in the community were also involved bringing refreshments to the work site.“We’ve completed 160 metres and hope to start on the next section which will finish at the shopping centre in about three weeks.“Once we finished it a few people have come and offered to help on the next section, which is wonderful because we need more help.“Unfortunately, some people wrote in the wet cement but everyone involved knows who they are and I don’t think it will be a problem again,” he said.Callala Bay resident Vanessa Waller, who uses a mobility scooter to get around, said able bodied people take for granted how important footpaths can be.Until the path was installed she had to use the road to move between the shopping centre and the school.“This path is beautiful, it’s fantastic,”she said.Boaties ask for better ramp accessBy ELIZA WINKLERUSERS of Currarong’s new boat ramp have asked for better walkway access.The boat ramp that opened last year has not been fitted with safe and suitable walkway access to support the large number of local and visiting users.Shoalhaven City Council’s policy resources and reserves committee meet on June 12 to discuss plans to build additional walkway access on the boat ramp.The ramp was officially opened in May 2011, as part of a $1.2 million project to improve the original boat ramp’s safety, accessibility and visual amenity.The request was put forward by local and visiting boat owners, to provide a safe boat launch that will cater to the large amount of boats that use the ramp for the popular fishing destination. The old boat ramp could only be used by 4WDs and tractors for the launching and retrieval of boats.President of the Progress Association and local Currarong resident, Peter Cumes, said a proposal to conduct a study on the necessity and feasibility of installing a walkway has gone to council.“The proposal with council is for the funding of a study of recommendation on developing walking access on the southern side of the boat ramp,” he said.Mr Cumes said cement barriers on the northern side of the ramp can be used as walking access but there was no actual area allocated to walk down to the water.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.