A new footbridge and jetty has increased opportunities for people to enjoy recreational activities along the Surry River and Narrawong Beach.

A pontoon bridge was replaced by the Department of Land, Environment, Water and Planning (DELWP) in response to safety concerns about the structure. A new jetty was also constructed next to the boat ramp.

Regional Manager Land Planning and Approvals Greg Leece said: “The new footbridge and jetty allow more people to access and enjoy the river and beach.

“Many residents and visitors reported feeling unsafe using the previous pontoon bridge because it was narrow and unstable,” Mr Leece said.

“This feedback was taken into consideration when designing the new footbridge. It features handrails and is two metres wide to accommodate people of all abilities and the surf lifesaving all-terrain vehicle.”

“The new jetty provides dedicated fishing access to the river and assists boat launching and retrieval. The structure’s split-level design also allows it to move as river levels change.

“The jetty features an access ramp to a fishing platform, while the lower platform assists boat launching and retrieval.

“The new structures will enable visitors and locals to enjoy recreational activities, such as fishing, boating and a day the beach, safely and easily.”

The footbridge and jetty were designed and constructed by Marni Yarta Environmental Structures. The Anglesea-based business constructed the footbridge on the north side of the reserve in 1999.

The $176,550 project was funded through DELWP’s Coastal Environment Grants program, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources’ Recreational Fishing Grants program and revenue from the reserve, including the Narrawong Holiday Park.