Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation

Stage 1 and 2 works were completed 17th April 2014. The grass embankment area between Albert and Loch Streets will remain fenced off until grass has regenerated to a stage suitable for public use. It is intended a winter Rye grass will hold the embankment until Spring when Kikuyu/ Buffalo grass will re-establish restoring the embankment area with a tough, drought tolerant grass cover.

The vegetation of garden beds will be undertaken in ideal planting conditions between Autumn to Spring.

Point Lonsdale Foreshore Draft Tree Plan

The Point Lonsdale Foreshore Draft Tree Plan was open for public comments from 6th March to 18th April 2014. As the public consultation period closed on Good Friday, submissions received over the Easter weekend have also been accepted. Submissions received will form the basis of a report to Council (anticipated 28th May 2014) to finalise the Foreshore Tree Plan.  

BACKGROUND: A Draft Tree Plan was produced by Council Officers, in conjunction with the Point Lonsdale Main Street Community Reference Group and horticulturist advice. The Draft Tree Plan covered the Point Lonsdale foreshore between the Bowling Club and Loch Street Playground. The draft plan complements the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation work and is consistent with the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Master Plan.

It is anticipated foreshore trees would be planted between Autumn to Spring.

Project background

A number of studies and strategies identified the need to improve the Point Lonsdale foreshore area by developing public amenity and facilities whilst maintaining the views, the village atmosphere and significant vegetation.

The Point Lonsdale Main Street Community Reference Group assisted Council to create a vision for revitalising the area between the Bowling Club and Loch Street Playground. The Reference Group explored, considered and discussed many ideas and alternatives to produce a Concept Master Plan.

Community feedback on the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Concept Master Plan was sought in September 2012, considered, and the final master plan developed.

Stage 1 – Lookout platform

Stage 1 of the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation involved works in the area opposite the IGA Supermarket. It included the construction of a lookout platform, an all abilities access ramp to the beach promenade and other associated ancillary works.

A grant of $200,000 was secured from the Department of Planning & Community Development for these works.

Stage 2 – Grass embankment improvements and powerline undergrounding

Stage 2 of the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation involves foreshore works between Albert and Loch Streets. It also includes undergrounding the powerlines between Admans Street and Kirk Road (anticipated to commence in Spring 2014).

The foreshore works include the construction of a second all abilities access ramp to the beach promenade, a second BBQ area with shelter and tables, picnic tables, beach huts, landscaping and other associated ancillary works.

A grant of $500,000 was secured from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport for these works.

Stage 3 – Village Park upgrade

Stage 3 of the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation will involve works in the Village Playground area.

Whilst minor works have occurred, such as new playground seats, relocation of fountain, upgrade of BBQ area and landscaping, the main element of work is the upgrade or relocation of the existing amenities block.

Works to the toilet block are dependant on obtaining external grant funding. Council is currently seeking funding opportunities.

Enquiries regarding this project can be lodged with Customer Service.