Cape Paterson,

New facilities in time for summer

Cape Paterson’s First Surf Beach car park will receive a much needed update with the toilet block and change facilities set to be demolished and replaced.

Bass Coast Shire Council is replacing the current infrastructure with newly constructed toilets, change areas, external wash down areas and landscaping.

Council has worked in collaboration with Cape Paterson community over recent months to plan and prioritise the works, which are part of Council’s increased focus on asset renewal identified in the recently adopted Long Term Financial Plan.

The project cost of the renewal works are expected to be in the order of $200,000 and will include the decommissioning of the septic system and connection of the facility to the reticulated sewer main, thereby lessening the impact on the environment.

Hovell Ward Councillor, Neil Rankine, said he is looking forward to seeing the current facilities retired and replaced by modern facilities.

“Cape Paterson is popular summer destination, attracting hundreds of visitors to its beautiful, pristine beaches,” Cr Rankine said.

“We need to make sure the available facilities and amenities can meet the needs of not only the local community, but the many visitors that are attracted to the area over summer.”

Councillor Rankine also took the opportunity to thank the Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association and other members of the local community for their cooperation.

“It was fantastic to see the local community work with Council and provide valuable input to help us determine the best layout for these new facilities.

The works are expected to be completed by mid-November in time for the summer holiday season.

Cr Rankine said Council realises that the toilets will be closed for the September school holidays and apologises for the inconvenience.

“Delaying the project until after the school holidays, however, would mean that the facilities are not ready for summer and this is when they are most in demand.”