The extension of the Lake Curalo boardwalk will help create an “integral link” in the Bundian Way trail, connecting part of the path between the Jigamy Aboriginal Keeping Place and Snug Cove.
Plans are in motion to transform the lake’s foreshore area at Eden Cove into a recreational hub, with improvements including the extension of the boardwalk, and the installation of bridges and picnic tables to be carried out with Bega Valley Shire Council funding.
This will also have flow-on effects for tourism in the region, with the extended boardwalk to link up with an existing National Parks and Wildlife Service trail, which forms a section of the ancient Aboriginal pathway between Jigamy Farm and North Head.
Bundian Way manager Noel Whittem said the project would help alleviate the threat of walkers’ access to areas of the trail around the lake being blocked by flooding.
“Part of the Bundian Way actually runs between Jigamy and Snug Cove, and it wouldn’t be a very nice walk to have to go all the way up to the highway and come back around when the lake’s overflowing,” Mr Whittem said.
“This is a really important link for the Bundian Way, so we really support this project; I think it’s a win-win for the Bundian Way, Eden Cove Landcare Group and the foreshore committee.
“Our priority for the next 12-18 months is developing the tourist trail between Cocora Beach and the Nullica Rivermouth in preparation for the cruise ship visitors, but we’ll certainly be looking at this part too and hopefully seeing progress at the same time.”
Bega Valley Shire Councillor Sharon Tapscott has been a strong advocate of development at Eden Cove, and says she is excited by the Bundian Way link.
“This is a great natural asset that we’ve got here, and it’s been underutilised and undervalued to some degree,” Cr Tapscott said.
“We’re giving it the attention that it needs, and it’s also going to be an integral part of the Bundian Way, which is going to be huge for this area, and that ties in to all sorts of plans for tourism.
“It’s just the integral planning of the place; we only need one thing to get kick-started for everything else to get a run on as well.”