Portland Foreshore Master Plan

Portland Foreshore - panoramic picture

Portland Foreshore Master Plan

The development of a Foreshore Masterplan will provide for the future direction of this wonderful and unique asset. The plan seeks to improve management, accessibility and introduce a recreational and tourism experience along the Portland Foreshore.

The Masterplan is the overarching concept for the area between the Trawler Wharf and Nun’s beach. It also incorporates a number of important connected sub-elements and projects such as the replacement of the Town Jetty and the inclusive Playground concept. The Portland Foreshore Masterplan ties all these elements together in a cohesive and interconnected public space for the enjoyment ofContinue reading

Portland Foreshore Master Plan

The development of a Foreshore Masterplan will provide for the future direction of this wonderful and unique asset. The plan seeks to improve management, accessibility and introduce a recreational and tourism experience along the Portland Foreshore.

The Masterplan is the overarching concept for the area between the Trawler Wharf and Nun’s beach. It also incorporates a number of important connected sub-elements and projects such as the replacement of the Town Jetty and the inclusive Playground concept. The Portland Foreshore Masterplan ties all these elements together in a cohesive and interconnected public space for the enjoyment of a range of public recreational activities.

The objective of the community engagement and consultation process is to provide feedback on the future, opportunities, needs and direction for the foreshore and to assist with funding opportunities to implement the final concept once established.

Community Engagement Outcomes

Public consultation plays a pivotal part of informing the Foreshore Master Plan and allows Council to further investigate funding opportunities to implement outcomes.

The initial community consultation process was completed in 2016. The consultation encouraged creative ideas and constructive discussion from a broad range of stakeholders, community groups and general community members of all ages and abilities. The methods used allowed for open responses, receiving a broad range of comments, ideas and suggestions.

Glenelg Shire Council consulted with over 220 members of the Portland community, including various stakeholder groups, members of the public, tourists, children and council staff during September 2016. During the consultation sessions, the following feedback was sought:

• Existing conditions and usability

• Feedback on current issues with the foreshore

• Examples of other foreshores visited

• Ideas for the foreshore

• Themes, history and stories for the development of the Master Plan

• Hierarchy of use of the foreshore

• Identification of current and future users of the foreshore

Information gathered during the sessions and events is an important part of the design process where ‘consultation informs design’. The consultations were held with a broad range of stakeholders throughout the Shire.

Where to from here?

The feedback from the consultation process has now been analysed and interpreted. Based on this feedback, an updated concept plan has been developed. The revised concept plan is now being re-released for further public comment and direction to ensure that the proposal meets the needs of the community and that the feedback has been interpreted and displayed accurately.

The exciting updated concept plan is available for perusal in the document library together with an exploded view of the proposed inclusive playspace.

Some of the key aspects of the plan include:

  • An extensive pathway and boardwalk connection network across the foreshore and adjacent parklands

  • The development of an inclusive playground

  • A new mutli-story pavilion to consolidate users groups and provide potential function rooms or commercial opportunities

  • Maintaining dedicated grass parklands

  • The provision of a new pedestrian boulevard to connect Bentinck St to the foreshore area and mitigate unsafe pedestrian and vehicle interaction

  • A dedicated swimming area off Henty beach

  • Additional toilet facilities

Council staff have already engaged with Government departments in regards to external funding opportunities. The scope of the Portland Foreshore Project is extensive and will most likely involve a number of elements that may need to be staged over multiple years.

Benefits of the project

The expected outcomes of completing the Foreshore Masterplan include:

· Reinforcing local identity and civic pride.

· Enhancing the physical character of an area and help shape the design of future development.

· Improving physical and social inclusion, including accessibility.

· Providing connected routes between places for recreation, walking and cycling, and safer routes to community facilities.

· Providing play and recreation areas for children and young people.

· Providing an opportunity to include public art elements into planning and infrastructure design.

· Integration of public art elements.

· Boosting the economic potential of tourism, leisure and cultural activities.

· Attracting local employment and business.

· Attracting more people to the region by improving local amenity and liveability.

· Providing cultural, social, recreational, sporting and community facilities.

· Protecting and promoting understanding of the historical cultural and archaeological value of places.

· Contributing to the creation of healthy places.

· Providing popular outdoor educational facilities.

· Improving opportunities to enjoy contact with the natural world.

The redevelopment of the foreshore will enable a diverse array of uses for economic activity, including itinerant traders, markets and events that will encourage vitality and vibrancy, ensuring that the redeveloped space remains multifunctional.