Local residents will soon be able to share their thoughts on the Safety Bay Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan, after the City of Rockingham Council supported the release of the draft for public comment at the ordinary council meeting on Tuesday 24 September 2019.
The master plan, which will provide a broad vision for the foreshore over the next 20 to 30 years, will be open for public comment for one month from Wednesday 9 October 2019.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the draft master plan proposes to better connect the various parts of the foreshore, both physically and visually, and to enhance the key nodes that attract visitors.
“The Safety Bay/ Shoalwater foreshore is a highly valued asset of the City,” Mayor Sammels said.
It attracts people from the local community and beyond who are drawn to its calm family-friendly waters, the unique perspective across the Shoalwater Marine Park, along with its eco-based attractions, and relaxed atmosphere. It is also popular for marine-based sporting enthusiasts and the boating community.”
The content contained in the draft master plan is informed by feedback received from the community in early 2019. Almost 650 stakeholders participated in a coastal values survey and shared their thoughts regarding what they valued about the foreshore, how it is used and where improvements could be made.
“Some of the key proposals involve improvements around The Pond to support the emerging kite surfing and wind surfing community and more readily allow the hosting of events,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The draft also proposes improvements to the function and amenity of Mersey Point so that the thousands of people who visit this location each week can enjoy the eco-tourism attractions on offer within the Shoalwater Marine Park.”
The draft master plan also seeks feedback on the potential for more food and beverage offerings within the foreshore and a swimming platform at Waikiki Beach.
When adopted, the changes recommended in the master plan will be implemented over the short, medium and long term when funds become available.