Council is now in the final stage of its Surf Parade Shared Path Masterplan (2016) as it plans to deliver Stage 3b from Ozone Street to Goroke Street (Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club).
As a result of the extensive work completed in Stage 1 of DEECA's (Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action) Coastal Hazard Assessment, combined with Council’s commitment to the Cape-to-Cape Resilience Project and climate emergency, it’s acknowledged that minimising the reduction of dune and vegetation removal is important for this section 3b of the path. Parallel parking along this section of the shared path has been removed from the initial design to minimise the impact on foreshore area.
The alignment of this path will be going to a future Council Meeting for approval.
- This project is part of Council’s Aspirational Network Pathway Plan 2016 and Active Bass Coast 2018-2028 that allows the increasing accessibility and connectivity among the growing suburbs and encourages an active life style in the community which is a continuation of the surf parade pathway under the Principle Bicycle Network (PBN) plan.
- Through this project, Council aims to continue a vibrant and safe pedestrian and cycling path, implement a pedestrian priority along Surf Parade. The shared path will provide safe off-road pedestrian access to and from a known area of concern in regard to vehicular / pedestrian conflict due to the popularity of the area and vicinity of the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club Inverloch Surf beach and the RACV resort.
- Stage 3b runs from the end of the last section of the path at Ozone Street and will conclude at the Goroke Street intersection (Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club) at a length of approximately 550 metres. In addition to the 2.5 metre concrete path there will be fencing, retaining walls, bollards and landscaping in this section.
This final stage of the Surf Parade shared path brings Council closer to completing its Wonthaggi – Inverloch Rail Trail and will further complement the existing infrastructure along the beautiful Inverloch foreshore for local residents and visitors. The ‘big picture’ plan envisages an alternative mode of transport from Inverloch to Cowes – Phillip Island via Wonthaggi using existing rail trails / shared pathways. In essence, providing an option to travel from one side of the Shire to the other entirely using a separate off road route.
This project will be fully funded by Council and cost in the order of $750,000, subject to the 2023/24 budget adoption.
- Minor vegetation clearing associated with the shared pathway works within the road reserve. All approved permits/consents to be secured.
- Construction of a 2.5-metre-wide concrete shared pathway between Ozone Street and Goroke Street (about 550 metres).
- Construction of retaining walls, landscaping, minor drainage and all other ancillary works.
- Prior to work commencing, VMS boards will be placed at appropriate location a week prior to any works commencing to advise changed traffic conditions.
- Appropriate traffic/pedestrian measures will be in place throughout the duration of the construction works.
- There will be no road closures, traffic lights will be used to manage any lane closures for construction works.
The use of plant and machinery including noisy works such as earthworks, power tools, saw cutting etc. and use of trucks delivering materials to the site.