Beachgoers at McCauley’s won’t be left scrambling down the sandy embankment for much longer.
The June 2016 East Coast Low saw steps and beach access destroyed.
Since then, people and their dogs have had to slide down the sandy slope both mid-way along the northern end, and from the Corbett Ave car park- making beach access difficult, if not impossible, for many people.
Local residents say the dangerous pathway is not good enough.
“People have to kind of slide in a precarious way down a steep concrete pipe thing sticking out of the embankment often slipping and falling,’ says one Thirroul resident. “Potentially someone will slip and hit their head on a rock below. Older people cannot access the beach as it is way too hard to get down this pipe.”
“Council’s solution is to rope off the area so it’s not used at all, and make everyone walk across the bridge to get onto the beach. This isn’t practical for everyone as it’s not quick.”
A Council spokesman says the wait is almost over! They say the steps just north of the Lagoon will be replaced in coming months.
“These steps have been designed and Council is planning to install them later this year to provide access to the northern end of McCauleys Beach,” he says.
“Another set of stairs providing access from Corbett Ave to the beach will be incorporated into the designs for a retaining wall at the northern end of the beach.
“The wall and stairs are planned for construction in 2019-2020.’