The popular Kirra Boardwalk will be closed to the public from May as it undergoes major upgrade works.
It comes after Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the existing wooden boardwalk had reached the end of its design life and was no longer fit for its purpose as a high-use public structure.
“The project will ensure the ongoing structural integrity and durability of the popular Kirra Boardwalk,” Ms Gates said.
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“It is 173m in length and runs parallel with Marine Parade. This area is an integral part of the iconic Coolangatta beach esplanade.”
Built in 2001, the boardwalk is 1.8m wide and separates Kirra Beach and Marine Esplanade.
It’s understood the project will involve the removal of the existing boardwalk and sub structure to make way for the installation of the new boardwalk.
Ms Gates said the project is currently out for tender, with council “waiting to see what comes from that” in terms of what materials will be used.
“We’ll wait and see but it might not be 100% timber, it may be a mixture of concrete and timber, it just depends on what comes from the tenders,” she said.
Construction is expected to start in May, with a pedestrian detour to be put in place along Marine Parade.
“It may take up to six months so we ask all residents and visitors to be patient,” Ms Gates said.