Saturday, April 13, 2024

Greater Geelong unveils great new foreshore

City of Greater Geelong Council has officially opened the new St Leonards Foreshore public facilities in a ceremony attended by Federal Member for Corangamite, Libby Coker.

The project was funded by the Australian Government through its Community Development Grants Programme.

Mayor, Trent Sullivan said the $430,000 project was a significant enhancement to the coastal area, providing residents and visitors with improved amenities and a more enjoyable outdoor experience.

“St Leonards is a key tourism area for Greater Geelong with strong overnight and day trip visitation,” said Mayor Sullivan.

“I’m very excited to announce the completion of the St Leonards Foreshore project. 

“A significant part of St Leonards’ economy is supported by tourists and visitors, with the overnight population tripling on peak holiday nights.

“The St Leonards Foreshore Beautification project will undoubtedly elevate the recreational experience for our community and visitors alike,” he said.

The foreshore now boasts a range of features aimed at enhancing accessibility and community enjoyment, including:

  • Accessible paths
  • A shade shelter
  • Accessible BBQ and 5 picnic tables
  • A double shower and foot wash
  • A double change room
  • New waste bin enclosures and additional bins
  • Tree plantings, landscaping and path connections
  • A drink fountain (to be installed at a later date)

Bellarine Councillor, Elise Wilkinson said the additions are designed to create a more inclusive and welcoming space for people of all abilities to enjoy the stunning coastal surroundings.

Notably, the new furniture is made from recycled aluminium and is marine-grade suited to withstand the coastal environment at St Leonards. This sustainable approach aligns with the City of Greater Geelong’s commitment to minimising waste creation and supporting long-term waste solutions.

“The use of recycled aluminium for the new street furniture is a commendable step towards sustainability,” she said.

“This not only enhances the durability of the facilities but also reflects a conscientious approach to environmental conservation. It’s so great to see eco-friendly solutions in the development of public spaces.

“The use of recycled aluminium for the new street furniture is a commendable step towards sustainability. This not only enhances the durability of the facilities but also reflects a conscientious approach to environmental conservation. It’s so great to see eco-friendly solutions in the development of public spaces,” she said.

Ms Coker said the new facilities would ensure the foreshore park becomes a vibrant hub for community gatherings, leisure and relaxation. 

“The new facilities feature an open plan pavilion with a barbeque, beach showers, and CCTV cameras for improved community safety in this cherished space,” she said.

“I’d like to congratulate the St Leonards Beautification Committee, Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management, and all members of the St Leonards community for their advocacy and continued involvement throughout the development process.”

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