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Safety improvements for Seacliff beach ramp

Wednesday 15 July 2020

A range of new safety measures will be undertaken at the Seacliff beach ramp, including the construction of two new pedestrian access points that lead to the sand.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, Elected Members approved $70,000 worth of improvements to increase safety for both vehicles which use the beach ramp and pedestrians on the coastal path, who are also using the ramp to access the beach.

The move comes after an audit of the site earlier this year, which proved the popularity of the beach ramp, which has been used by members of the public and the nearby Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club for the past 50 years.

The scope of works to be undertaken includes:

  • Design and construction of a new driveway invert of the vehicle ramp, drainage and linemarking;
  • Improved signage on the ramp and beach to better define usage rules, give way priorities, and the boat launch area to increase safety and awareness for all users
  • Design and construct two new pedestrian access ramps on the northern and southern side of the beach access ramp to provide safe pedestrian access to the beach from adjoining carpark and footpath.

Signage will also be installed on the beach to alert beachgoers of the areas in which boats can be launched.

Council staff will also consult with the Coastal Protection Board in order to undertake the works for the pedestrian access ramps, without causing disturbance to the nearby dune system.

The $70,000 in allocated funds will be included in the 2020-21 Capital Works Budget.