Wednesday, 18 December 2019

A spectacular walkway with sweeping ocean views that links the Tathra Headland and the Tathra Wharf was officially opened today by Member for Bega Andrew Constance.

“I’d like to congratulate the Tathra Headland Wharf Access Group, the Tathra and District Business Chamber and Bega Valley Shire Council who have worked tirelessly to make this project a reality,” Mr Constance said.

“This is a tremendous asset for the local community that showcases Tathra’s history and will be a tourism drawcard for the region with its stunning views and whale watching opportunities.

“I am incredibly proud that the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government funded the

$1.2 million for design and delivery of this important project, through the Regional Tourism and Environment fund.”

The Tathra Headland Walkway is an all-abilities 300-metre walkway featuring a series of elevated boardwalks and walking paths, as well as an elevated viewing platform providing views of the humpback whales’ annual migratory route.

Recycled bridge timbers have been used in the walkway boardwalks and the whale watching platform.

Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kristy McBain, said that she was absolutely delighted to see the project become a reality.

“The iconic walk that has been created is a testament to the vision, passion and dedication of the Tathra community and it is absolutely fantastic that the NSW Government recognised the value it will bring to town and have supported it so strongly,” Cr McBain said.

“The successful completion of this project fits perfectly with the commitment of our Council and the broader community to establish our area as a ‘must-visit’ destination.” Cr McBain said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said it was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to helping regional communities diversify their economies by growing their tourism offerings.

“Tourism continues to be a major drawcard for our regional communities, contributing billions of dollars to the NSW economy each year, and projects like this help attract more visitors and boost overnight stays,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Increased visitation means more people staying in local accommodation, shopping locally and eating in our local cafes and restaurants, allowing for new growth and employment opportunities.”