Loo and shower block first in Shoal Bay foreshore works to be complete, next up is pathway and new furniture | Port Stephens Examiner

New toilet and beach showers are now open to the public along the Shoal Bay foreshore, and further improvement work is underway.

The Port Stephens Council announced on Friday that the replacement of the $ 130,000 equipment block near the traffic lights on Shoal Bay Road was complete and work on a new shared path, landscaping and park furniture for the foreshore is expected to take place within the August would be completed.

“The new amenities are now complete and are a huge improvement over what was there with a grant from the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund,” said Ryan Palmer, Mayor of Port Stephens.

“Thanks to our PS2020 project fund, work on the 2.5 meter wide shared path is about to start.

“This will make our waterfront more accessible to everyone as there is plenty of room for everyone on this new, wider path.”

The $ 505,000 project is being carried out by a subcontractor. The work includes removing and replacing a section of the trail, as well as installing additional concrete joints at the entrance to the Shoal Bay footbridge.

A conceptual plan of the Council's preparatory work.

A conceptual plan of the Council’s preparatory work.

In a letter to companies and residents, the city council said that there would be construction noise on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. and that the “inevitable loss of parking spaces in various areas along the length of the foreshore was to be expected”.

“We will be replacing part of the existing path and partially creating a new path to maximize the lawn area for picnics. There will also be some earthwork and landscaping to create this new picnic area,” said Cr Palmer.

The city council said some beach access points could be temporarily closed and pedestrian detours established during construction.

During the construction of the trail, some parking furniture in the reserve will be replaced, valued at $ 85,000.

The new park furniture is located near the new shared path. The improvements include the installation of new shelters and beach showers.

“New park furniture and shelters are also on the way, offering plenty of beautiful places to stop, rest and enjoy the incredible scenery of Tomaree Headland and Harbor,” said Cr Palmer.

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