Saturday, 22 December 2007
After months of ongoing works Bonnie Vale has been reopened to the public just in time for the Christmas holidays.
The most noticeable improvement is the new paved access road which starts at the entrance and carries on thru to the camping grounds. A series of wooden bollards borders both sides of the road to eliminate damage to the green areas caused by overflow parking. Parking has been formalized with the introduction of parking bays which are located on either side of the road. The bays are segregated by nature strips which will eventually be filled with vegetation.
There is an increased number of campsites which also have designated parking bays. The camping area is separated from the day use area via a boom gate which campers can access via a security keypad system. Day users will also notice some improvements including the paved picnic table areas as well as the covered barbequing facilities.
While a new "Boat Launching" sign has been installed no new facilities for boaters has been put in place. This was not expected to be built as part of the works though the latest word is a log and chain launching system will be part of the phase two development. Further details of the boat launch will be made available by National Parks in the new year.
The other significant item yet to be completed is the upgrade to the old wooden bridge connecting to Maianbar. This work is being performed by Sydney Water will replace the bridge by a new aluminum one and also involves upgrading the water main. The water main has been partially completed with the installation of a PVC pipe which runs alongside the bridge. The new bridge is expected to be completed in April of 2008.
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