New visitor amenities for Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
Friday 27 July, 2012
Parks Victoria is investing in new visitor amenities for one of South Gippsland’s most popular areas - Cape Liptrap Coastal Park.
Works have been underway for the past fortnight for the replacement of the existing toilet facility at Bear Gully campground. The current amenity is being removed as it is not compliant with current standards, as well as not being overly suitable for a coastal location.
Parks Victoria Chief Ranger Roger Fenwick said the current toilet is a flushing toilet that uses water from the creek. In times of drought, or busy summer periods we have to purchase water by the truckload as the creek can’t sustain the flow. This is not environmentally or financially sustainable.
The existing amenity at Bear Gully campground will be replaced with three new sealed drop toilets, which have no risk of waste seeping into the surrounding coastal environment. This will include a disabled facility, as well as two small handbasins.
Mr Fenwick said the $100,000 investment by the Victorian State Government with works to be delivered by Parks Victoria is an important step in improving visitor facilities at the popular Bear Gully campground.
“The site attracts a high number of visitors estimated at 15,000 per annum, but we can reassure that campers will not be affected by the construction of the new facility as we will be installing two temporary portable toilets during the construction phase, which is due to last 4 weeks until late August”.
“We do request that visitors steer clear of the worksite for their own safety”, said Mr Fenwick.
The Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is a highlight in South Gippsland offering visitors the chance to explore nearby Venus Bay, Point Smythe and the historic Walkerville Lime Kilns, along with traditional pursuits of fishing, swimming and surfing.
“The addition of improved facilities in the Bear Gully campground should only assist in encouraging more people to explore this beautiful area”, said Mr Fenwick.
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