$500,000 beach upgrade

FOR the first time in more than 30 years, a master plan is being developed for Sharpes Beach at Skennars Head and it is currently on public exhibition.

Plans have been lodged for a new lifeguard observation tower and long-awaited beautification and improvements to the car parking area.

The work is expected to cost $500,000.

According to a report prepared for the council, the development will include a small extension to the car park area, full pavement reconstruction and sealing of the car park, providing 77 bitumen parking bays.

Two gravel reinforced grass car-parking areas, providing parking for an extra 50 cars, would also be provided.

Other improvements would include:

Upgrade of The Coast Road intersection.

Construction of a shared pedestrian path along the back of the foredune and the eastern frontage of the car park.

Unisex toilets and a surf life-saving storage building.

A new surf lifesaving observation tower.

Viewing deck and beach shower.

New tree planting and provision of picnic facilities.

The area has been used for informal beach parking since at least 1980.

Ballina Shire Council has taken out a lease over the privately owned part of the car park.

The upgrades would be done in two stages with the sealing of the car park, upgrade of The Coast Road intersection, drainage works and construction of the toilets, surf lifesaving store and observation tower among the first lot of works to be done.

Stage two would include the remainder of the works.

The master plan is currently on public exhibition.

For more information or to make a submission, visit ballina.nsw.gov.au.



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