Generous land donation forges new pathways in Beach to Beach project in Camden Haven

Generous donation: Elaine and Paul Southon on the stretch of land their son Steve has donated to council for the next phase of the Beach to Beach pathway project at Dunbogan.
Generous donation: Elaine and Paul Southon on the stretch of land their son Steve has donated to council for the next phase of the Beach to Beach pathway project at Dunbogan.

A PRIVATE landowner has donated a swathe of his property to ensure the community's Beach to Beach (B2B) footpath project pushes forward to the next stage.

Steve Southon has gifted the land to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council so one of the B2B project's most dangerous sections can go ahead.

It is an important milestone in the 11km footpath project which aims to connect the Camden Haven from North Haven beach to Pilot Head beach in Dunbogan.

This section of the footpath is one of two more dangerous links and the land donation will ensure the design will significantly increase safe passage for footpath users.

B2B president Penny Small said the generous donation is yet another example of the Camden haven community coming together.

Where the pathway is proposed in the vicinity of The Boulevarde and Bay Street Dunbogan, it is intended that a raised boardwalk be provided.

Ms Small said the design ticks both safety and environmental sustainability boxes.

"We are currently trying to get funding together to get this part of pathway done as a priority," Ms Small said.

The B2B project commenced in 2013 and has been a labour of love for all volunteers involved.

The project received $500,000 in NSW government funding which was matched by council. The B2B committee will be advocating for the remainder of the path to be included in council's 2021-2022 operational plan.

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