THE Arno Bay Estuary Boardwalk Committee will use a $10,000 contribution from the Cleve District Council to continue widening and replacing the timber boardwalk with recycled wood composite materials.
Work to replace the boardwalk started about four years ago and committee member Greg Elson said the money from the council would allow the committee to replace the boardwalk through to the information bay.
Mr Elson said when he wrote to the council earlier this year to apply for a community grant he also attached a letter asking for the council to consider further funding for the project.
He said between 70 and 80 metres of boardwalk had already been replaced and made wider from 1.5 metres to 1.8 metres wide.
As part of the upgrades extra wires have also been added to the railing for safety and conservation purposes.
“We’re thrilled the council has come on board, it shows they recognise it as an asset to the whole community and the district,” Mr Elson said.
“It helps bring in tourist dollars which is good for the whole area.”
Mr Elson said the funding boost would help complete stage one of the replacement a bit faster which would mean the committee would have to spend less on temporary fixes for parts of the timber boardwalk which were rotting away.
“One of the challenges we’re facing is that the wood is rotting away faster than we can replace it so this money will go a long way in helping with that.”
Mr Elson said as part of the replacement sections of the trail which were originally built as timber pathways would be reconfigured as boardwalk.
He said rebuilding the paths as more boardwalk would ensure it was protected from most high tides.
“We were surprised to hear about the money so quickly,” Mr Elson said.
“It seems as though there is less and less money to go around to everyone so we’re pretty pleased with it.”