South Durras boat ramp and car park upgrade
Project: Upgrade the South Durras boat ramp and car park
Start: Financial Year 2016-17
Expected Completion: Financial Year 2018-19
Funding: Council has obtained a $225,000 grant through the NSW State Government Boating Now funding program
Last updated: February 2020
Stage 1 - Boat ramp
- Construction: June to July 2017
We have removed the old concrete boat ramp and replaced it with a similar sized single-lane structure, improving safety and access for all users.
The new ramp is approximately 4m wide and 26m long, including 18m of case reinforced concrete and 8m of pre-cast link slab extensions to provide access at low water levels. The crest of the ramp has been raised to achieve a better grade on the new ramp. The pavement at the crest of the new ramp has been reconstructed to match the new levels. Fifteen metres of upright kerb has been constructed to direct stormwater down the ramp to reduce drainage issues and erosion to the east of the ramp.
Stage 2 - Toilet block
- Construction: August to December 2018
An accessible toilet block will be built at the end of Lakeside Drive. The toilet block will be positioned to minimise impact on neighbouring properties and constructed with materials and colours that blend into the local environment. Vegetation will be planted to screen the structure.
The layout includes two rooms, designed to comply with access for people with disabilities, a contained waste collection well (pumpout only), and a waterfall tank for provision of cleaning services
Stage 3 - Car park
- Construction: October 2018 to April 2019
The lakeside parking area will be formalised with the provision of kerb and gutter, a new footpath, road surfacing and improved drainage. The kerb and gutter will provide edge restraint to the car park to avoid edge wear, contain stormwater and improve drainage. It will also reduce the risk of erosion and sediment washing into Durras Lake, and contain traffic to within the car park area.
The car park at Durras Lake boat ramp currently floods when the lake is closed to the ocean and the lake level rises. The new car park has been designed with a lowest level of 1.8m to prevent flooding and ensure the car park and boat ramp are accessible at all times. Kerb inlet pits will connect to new stormwater pipes which will be installed under the car park to improve stormwater drainage.
The design includes 19 parking spaces, 9 of these designed to cater for boat trailers, as well as an accessible parking space. The extent of the car park and road will generally overlap the existing car park and informal parking areas, however, some vegetation removal will be required to allow construction of uniform-sized parking spaces and adequate room to turn.
- Crews have done a great job getting the upgrade ready in time for the school holidays.
- The new car park has been sealed with the first coat of bitumen smartening up the area.
- Temporary line marking has been applied to designate the parking spaces before the second coat seal is applied down the track.
- A concrete pathway now connects the boat ramp to the accessible toilets.
- A new shared pathway has been built from the boat ramp around the car park leading to Lakeside Drive.
- The project was jointly funded by the NSW Government Boating Now program and Eurobodalla Shire Council.
- The crew has extended the boat ramp to tie-in with the new level of the car park.
- Kerb and gutter works are underway throughout the job site as is the new pathway.
- Pavement works are about to begin so the new road surface isn’t far away.
- After clearing out for the busy summer holidays we have returned to site to formalise the car park.
- Earthworks will begin and material will be brought to site to raise the level of the parking area.
- To extend the boat ramp we will need to close it from Monday 25 February to Friday 1 March.
- Drainage improvements will also get underway allowing for the retention of the existing vegetation.
- The new toilet block was opened and operational in time for Christmas.
- Crews won’t be working on site during the summer holidays but will return in February to resume upgrade works to the car park.
- Kerb inlet pits and stormwater pipes have arrived on site. These drainage materials will be installed under the car park to improve stormwater drainage.
- Earthworks are about to begin to raise the level of the access road to prevent flooding and ensure the car park and boat ramp are accessible at all times.
- After electrical contractors relocate two power poles we will start on the kerb and gutter works.
- The final stage of the project has begun with our crews setting up to upgrade the car park.
- Over the coming weeks we will be importing material to raise the ground level of the car park to ensure it remains accessible when the lake water level is at its highest.
- Access to properties will not be affected but we will need to restrict access to the boat ramp occasionally.
- Kayaks will always be able to launch safely from the beach area.
- Construction of the accessible toilet block is nearly complete and will be open to the public in November.
- Power to the building will be provided once a power pole is relocated during construction of the car park.
- Subsequent to community consultation the plan for the car park has been redesigned. The natural beauty of the area has been taken into consideration and the new plan allows for the car park to blend into the surroundings with minimal impact on existing vegetation.
- Construction of the toilet block has begun. The plan for the proposed toilet block is available to download.
- Council's grant application submitted to the NSW Government's Boating Now program was successful. Once the grant offer of $225,000 is adopted by Council, we will be able to progress with this exciting project.
- The new fishing platform at Durras Lake and pathway back to the planned toilet block have now been completed.
- See the completed new Durras Lake Boat Ramp in the photos below (click for larger images).
- Removal and replacement of the boat ramp is scheduled to start on 13 June 2017. The boat ramp will be closed for approximately six weeks to allow these works to take place. Some coral trees in the vicinity that have been assessed as hazardous will be removed during the works
- Council lodged a grant application under the NSW Government's Boating Now program for stage 2 and 3.
- Community members have been invited to a drop-in session to view the final plans at the Durras Community Hall between 10am and 1pm, Thursday 13 April.
- All suggestions from community feedback were considered in the review and preparation of the final design. Changes made included:
- Lowering the level of proposed car park by 250mm (minimum car park level reduced to 1.85m AHD). This has reduced the scope and scale of the proposed upgrade so that it is more suited to the surrounding area.
- Removing less vegetation as a result of the lowered car park, reducing the visual impact for adjoining land owners.
- Removing the proposed retaining wall along lakefront to maintain unrestricted access to the beach area.
- Altering proposed garbage bin location to reduce impacts upon visual amenity.
- Proposing low planting in landscaping areas to maintain lake views.
- Proposing bank restoration works between the boat ramp and fishing platform to prevent erosion.
- Analysing turn paths for trailer parking areas.
- We thank members of the community for their feedback on the draft plan for the Durras Lake boat ramp and car park upgrade. We are now considering this feedback in the context of the project.
- Due to the holiday period we extended the public exhibition period of the draft plans until 25 January 2017. We also welcomed feedback on any features of the plan that the community particularly liked to ensure they are maintained if any changes need to be made.
- Council has provided funding toward the works in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and is seeking a matching contribution from the NSW Government under the Boating Now program to complete the upgrade.
- The draft plan is on public exhibition for community comment until 10 January 2017.
The Durras Community Association was involved in the development of the plan for the boat ramp and car park upgrade. These plans were on public exhibition for community comment from 30 November 2016 until 25 January 2017. All property owners and residents of South Durras were sent a copy of the draft plan with invitation to comment. Comments were considered in the final plan design.
Community members have been invited to a drop-in session to view the final plans at the Durras Community Hall between 10am and 1pm, Thursday 13 April 2017.
For more information about the Durras Lake boat ramp and car park upgrade, please contact our Design Coordinator, Geoff Armstrong:
- T: 02 4474 1000
- E: Council