Sunday, 10 September 2006
National Parks & Wild Life Services are on track to start the planned $3 million facelift of Bonnie Vale which also includes a planned boat launch. For current details see our Bonnie Vale Camping information page.
A number of new camping and picnic amenities will be made available as part of the upgrade. Among these are the electric barbeques which will be replace the current campfire barbeques which have been prone to abuse. Campers will have access to a new camp kitchen complex which can be used for preparing meals. There may also be some powered sites made available but this will be subject to the available funding.
The current unpaved road servicing the area will become sealed. The aim is to seal the road including the camping area but funds may limit it only to the current Rangers Hut located in the centre of Bonnie Vale. Some traffic calming barieres will also be put in place to limit speeds in the parking areas. camping area but funds may limit it only to the current Rangers hut located in the centre of Bonnie Vale. Some traffic calming barriers will also be put in place to limit speeds in the parking areas.
The relocation of the toilet block located near the entrance and will be located closer to the picnic area. The relocation has been of controversial for some but NPWS has sighted a number of reasons for the move. These include the current safety issue concerning children having to cross the access road from the picnic area to the existing toilet block. As well maintenance of the existing toilet block has been problematic with the cost of renovating almost equalling the cost of a new facility. Lastly, the view entering in the area is expected to improve with the toilet block removed.
Another addition which has been of contention in the past is the plans for a boat launch facility. The boat launch will be the first available on the Port Hacking south shore. It will be designed to be low impact with it being only a single lane and a maximum of ten trailer parking spots being available. Lastly, no fish cleaning facilities or plans for offshore channel dredging or deepening are being proposed. The boat launch plans are still being finalised and will require state ministerial approval.