Phillip Island,

Council Endorses Plan For Popular Beach

Bass Coast Shire Council endorsed the Beachcomber – YCW Activity Area Master Plan at the Wednesday, 19 November Ordinary Meeting.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the plan provides a vision for a popular section of the Phillip Island Foreshore located at the south end of Beachcomber Avenue in the Smiths Beach township.

“It contains a range of infrastructure improvements for this area whilst maintaining and improving its natural values,” Cr Brown said.

“Infrastructure improvements within the plan include the provision of a number of facilities such as pedestrian tracks, a picnic and barbecue facility, and an upgrade of the existing car park.

“This includes the provision of a new 120 metre pedestrian link consisting of paths and viewing platforms that take in the spectacular sea views.”

The Plan also supports nature conservation works through the removal of environmental weeds and revegetation of indigenous plant species.

Cr Brown said the Plan was developed following public consultation during which the community provided comment on a draft master plan.

“It is pleasing the submissions to the draft plan were received from both locals and visitors, with varying interests in the foreshore,” Cr Brown said.

“We know the area is popular for learner surfers and the waves are part of the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve.

“The area is also popular for many families who enjoy beach and water.

“I feel Council has achieved an outcome that will provide a balance for all users.”

Council will now work to identify funding for the various infrastructure identified in the plan.