New footpath for Back Beach Rd, Smiths Beach

Bass Coast Shire Council has commenced works on a new concrete footpath along Back Beach Road, Smiths Beach, thanks to successfully obtaining Transport Accident Commission (TAC) grant funding.

The footpath will run along the Back Beach Road service road, between Smiths Beach Road and Dolphin Drive.

Works started on 30 April and are set for completion by the end of June, subject to weather and contractor availability.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that this area is a high priority due to the volume of pedestrians visiting and the history of the intersection.

“The Smiths Beach path is a popular path leading to a primary surf beach and shopping hub visited by many hundreds of people throughout the year, which peaks during summer periods and major event weekends,” Cr Rothfield said.

“This new footpath will provide a safer off road route connecting from the existing path which ends at Smith’s Beach road, which is a known area of concern.”

“We believe this project will be the first step to linking the Smiths Beach township to the path network on northern side of Back Beach Road.”

The project will ensure delivery of Council’s adopted Community Service levels for pathways, Connectivity and Community Health.

This work is being undertaken as part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s Pathway program, and is co-funded by Council and TAC in the order of $75,000.

Super Paving (Vic) Pty Ltd will carry out the works on behalf of Council.

For more information, contact Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au