Why do we need a Foreshore Master Plan?
What areas of the Foreshore will the concept plan cover?
What will be included in the plan?
What is the aim of the project?
The project is multifaceted and aims to address the following aspects - Improve the useability and linkages on the Portland foreshore from the Trawler Wharf to Nun’s Beach. - Continue the modern improvements included in the Youth Activity Space, a hugely popular project which has improved useability of the area. - Improve the visitor experience by taking advantage of the vista of the foreshore area, provision of improved playground equipment, upgraded amenities, improved seating and BBQ areas. A focus is to combine all these elements into an inclusive public space. - The project will also see job creation in construction and ongoing tourism and business development opportunities. - An element of the plan will be to provide greater connections to the CBD - Attraction of more community events/festivals
- With the use of smart technology, the plan seeks to showcase the Portland foreshores history from its indigenous origins, its role as the European birthplace of Victoria, the train station, Aquarium, sea baths and whaling developments through to the current site it is today.
How does the All Abilities Play Space fit into the plan?
What are the project time lines?
The All Abilities Play space is scheduled to begin detailed design during the 2018/2019 financial year with construction to start soon after that subject to regulatory requirements being finalised.
The Changing Places toilet facility that is situated on the foreshore has received funding and the work is expected to start in early 2019.
The associated interconnecting pathways would likely comprise the following stages of the project once funding is secured.
The other area that has been given a high priority is the new town jetty. This is subject to funding being secured.
When will the works be undertaken?
The Changing Places toilet facility and the All Abilities Play Space have Council committed funding in the 2018/2019 budget. Works will start on both of these areas in mid to late 2019 subject to regulatory agreements being finalised.
Council is currently investigating funding opportunities for other areas of the Foreshore Master Plan and the commencement of these works will be subject to government funding. Council funds have been set aside in the 2018/19 Council budget to contribute to implementation of the plan should a successful funding source be achieved.
What are the project costs?
Who is funding the project?
Council is seeking both State and Federal funding for the projects. Indicative funding streams suggest that Council may be required to contribute 50% of the project's costs. Opportunities for philanthropic contributions are also being explored. Currently there is no due date for any funding announcements.
What are the next steps?