WORK on the fourth and final stage of the Urunga Boardwalk is due to start in the next two weeks.
A tender submitted by local contractor Fred Keiser was accepted at this week’s meeting of the Bellingen Shire Council.
His tender of $360,000 for the 443-metre extension to the popular boardwalk was less than half of those submitted by two Hunter Valley firms, and $70,000 below the other bid submitted by a Sydney firm.
The price equates to just over $800 for every new metre of boardwalk.
Council has received two $200,000 grants from the Department of Environment and Climate Change and the Land and Property Management Authority to fund the project.
“I was very happy to be told that I had won the tender,” Mr Kesier said. “But I suppose I should wait until after the job is done to say any more about the project.”
Mr Keiser said he would employ ‘about half a dozen blokes’ and expected the work should be completed in four months.
That means that by the end of September, locals and visitors to Urunga will be able to comfortably walk to the mouth of the Bellinger River and view coastal salt marsh and endangered ecological communities along the way.