Visitors to Red Rock Reserve will be delighted to see the headland walkway completely revamped after NSW Government funding and a partnership with Reflections Holiday Parks and the local community saw this much-loved icon restored to its former glory.
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh and representatives from Reflections Holiday Parks, Red Rock Landcare Group and the Red Rock Preservation Association took a stroll along the walkway this morning to inspect the works and celebrate this achievement.
Reflections Holiday Parks manages 37 holiday parks and 42 public recreation reserves, including Red Rock Holiday Park and the associated Reserve which is located on the mouth of the Corindi River and at the southern end of Yuraygir National Park. In February this year, Reflections was successful in receiving a grant of $32,000 from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) towards the replacement and repairs to the walkway from the Reserve area to the beach and headland.
A further contribution of $9,039 from Reflections and help from the local community saw this project completed at the end of September in time for the warmer months leading into the busy holiday season.
Reflections Mid North Coast Operations Manager Allan Thomas said the local Landcare and Red Rock Preservation Association have been invaluable throughout this whole project and their involvement has really helped drive the project home.
“The previous hardwood track was at its end of life and the government funding we received has allowed this popular walkway to be restored and used again by the local community and visitors to the park,” Mr Thomas said. “Reconstruct contractors were engaged to undertake this work for us and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results and the quick turnaround to completion.”
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the $32,000 State Government grant made for a much safer and enjoyable experience while walking to the headland.
“In many cases, important community projects such as the Red Rock Walkway repairs would not happen without state funding which significantly contribute to NSW’s cultural, sporting and recreational life,” Mr Singh said.
The walkway revamp included:
– Cutting back overgrown vegetation for a clearer and safer path
– Removal of the existing rotted timber slats and repairs to damaged bearers
– Installation of a non-slip ‘Envirowalk mesh’ with safety stair nosing at the steps
– Vegetation management by Red Rock Landcare
Red Rock Preservation Association and Landcare Representative Les Windsor said local volunteers who are passionate about the Reserve worked side by side with Reflections on the walkway and associated vegetation works.
“We are pleased to have been a part of the project and were able to advise Reflections on vegetation or environmental issues that may have come up during the walkway repairs,” Mr Windsor said. “The Red Rock Landcare Group have a working bee at the Reserve every Tuesday, and we take pride in this natural picturesque landscape that people visit for a laid-back vacation escape.”
Reflections Holiday Parks Red Rock Manager Geoff Wruck said guests have been really excited with the major repairs made to the walkway with hundreds using it to view the headland since it was completed last month.
“It takes a slow and steady 10-15 minutes to complete the walk from the park to the headland with people rewarded by stupendous views of the coast once they finish,” Mr Wruck said.
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