31 March, 2023

Input welcome on beach upgrade

COMMUNITY members will have the chance to view updated concept designs for the stage one upgrade of Port Fairy’s East Beach precinct.

By Staff Writer

Cr. Karen Foster.
Cr. Karen Foster.

The designs will be available to view over coming weeks as the project takes important steps towards construction. 

The plans include replacement of toilet and shower amenities, creation of accessible social recreation spaces and the construction of barbecue shelters and facilities. 

Added to this will be the installation of seating and furniture, landscaping and improved car parking with a focus on improving accessibility. 

Mayor Cr Karen Foster said the plans were developed using information gathered from community consultation during the development of the East Beach Masterplan in 2018 and 2019. 

“During the extensive consultation, the community told us what they wanted to see and that information has been used to create a design to make it an even better space to enjoy our iconic East Beach,” she said.

 “The designs make use of sustainable products and local bluestone with highlights of timber. “It’s going to create a beautiful precinct at one of Victoria’s best beaches.” 

The second of two drop-in sessions will be held this Sunday, April 2 at the education centre at the rear of Charlies on East to give the community a chance to view and discuss the draft designs and provide feedback on design elements. 

 “The community will have a chance to meet the consultants and council staff who will be managing the project to ask questions and provide some feedback,” Cr foster said. 

 “There will also be a site walk with the project team at 10am starting from the surf club.” 

“Council is also planning consultation with residents in the area, and those who can’t make it to the drop-in sessions can leave feedback online at” 

 Stage one works have a total cost of $1,695,319, with the Victorian Government contributing $1,270,319 and council contributing $425,000 


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