Point scrubs up

By DAVID MOASE

ONCE the site of the city's sewerage outfall, Corambirra Point is set to become its latest tourist attraction.

Plans to rehabilitate the land around the former outfall have been agreed by the Coffs Harbour City Council and the Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Land Council.

The area will be landscaped and turned into an attractive and dramatic coastal walkway.

Councillor Gavin Smithers, the vice-chair of the the council's City Services Committee, said the beautification work was just the first stage of work to rehabilitate Corambirra Point.

"The headland is of significance to the local Aboriginal community," he said. "It is also a wonderful coastal setting and it's a major step towards the rehabilitation of this whole area.

"This is the first stage of the restoration of Corambirra Point.

"Further works are planned and will be carried out after discussion and agreement with the land council."

The outfall was decommissioned in January this year when the Deep Sea Release pipeline and the Woolgoolga Water Reclamation Plant came online.

On the same day, the area was purified with a smoking ceremony carried out by Aboriginal elders.

Native plants found in the immediate area of the headland will be used for landscaping of the pathway leading from Gallows Beach car park to the old outfall site, and large rocks will provide a dramatic touch.

Vehicle access will be prevented by the use of marine-style bollards at the western end, while seating will be provided for walkers.

The pathway will also be suitable for wheelchair access.

A series of interpretation panels will explain Aboriginal, marine and natural features of the vegetation and the site.

The cost of the restoration is estimated at $95,000 and will be funded from the council's sewerage budget.

Work on the walkway is expected to be completed by June 30.



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