Wednesday 14 September, 2016
The 4WD access track at Hat Head Beach known as ‘the breakout’ is set to reopen for the upcoming school holidays.
Council is currently repairing damage to the access track from the June storm.
“The storm caused some severe beach erosion, cutting into the sand dunes and washing away the old access,” said Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Robert Scott.
The track, located to the north east of the village at the end of Les Dunford Road, had to be closed for safety reasons. However, temporary 4WD access to and from the beach has been available from the boat ramp.
The repair work involves the re-construction of the existing access track to the top of the dune system and the installation of a four-metre wide reinforced ramp down to the beach.
Mr Scott said work to reinstate the beach access started this week and will be finished by 23 September, in time for the school holidays.
Once the access is reopened, the boat ramp will be restricted so that no 4wd’s are driving through the swimming area during the summer season.
“We’ve been working closely with the Dune Trust and local fishing club to come up with a solution. To be able to construct a new access ramp prior to the start of the school holidays is a great result for the community and those that visit Hat Head,” Mr Scott said.
Photo caption: Kempsey Shire Council is currently repairing the damage to the access track at Hat Head Beach. It is set to reopen for the upcoming school holidays.