Cape Paterson,

New Facilities For Cape Paterson Foreshore

Bass Coast Shire Council has approved works to demolish the toilet block and change facilities at the Cape Paterson’s First Surf beach car park to make way for new toilets, change and external wash down areas and landscaping.

Council has worked in collaboration with Cape Paterson community over recent months to plan and prioritise works as part of Council’s strengthened focus on asset renewal in the long term financial plan.

Project costs are expected to be $200,000 and the works will include the decommissioning of the septic system and connection of the facility to the existing network, lessening the impact on the environment.

The demolition and installation works have been awarded to local contractors and are expected to be completed by mid-August 2015.

Hovell Ward Councillor, Cr Neil Rankine, is delighted to see the community's desire to have the old facility replaced is finally being met.

“Cape Paterson is such a popular place over the summer period, attracting hundreds to the beautiful pristine beaches,” Cr Rankine said.

“It is important for Council to ensure the amenities meet the needs of the local community, as well as the needs of the many visitors to the area.”

The project is included in the 2015-16 Budget adopted by Council at the June Ordinary Meeting and meets one the objectives of the Long Term Financial Plan – to commit to replacing and renewing existing assets.

“The main focus of the renewal program is to ensure the backlog of maintenance accumulated over many years is addressed over a manageable period and that a planned maintenance program is implemented to ensure important community assets do not deteriorate prematurely,” Cr Rankine said.

“I’d like to thank the Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association and members of the local community for their cooperation and input.

“They played a large role in determining the most optimal layout for the new facilities in order to meet community needs.”