New Pathway For Saltwater Creek Reserve


Bass Coast Shire Council is making the final arrangements for works to commence on the construction of a shared pathway through the Saltwater Creek Reserve at Ventnor, Phillip Island.

The 900 metre pathway, featuring a bridge across the creek will be an important recreational asset.

The path will run from Settlement Road to connect with Heyley Avenue, Richardson Way and the Ventnor Foreshore.

McHaffie Ward Councillor, Kimberley Brown, said the pathway will allow people to experience the natural environment of the Saltwater Creek conservation reserve.

“It will also provide an alternative to the car for people wishing to travel between Ventnor and Cowes,” Cr Brown said.

“Currently pedestrians and cyclists are faced with using Ventnor Road to make this journey. Once the path and bridge are complete, the journey will be much shorter.”

The path was identified as a priority in the Ventnor Common and Saltwater Creek Management Plan (2005).

Council’s Acting Sustainable Development and Growth General Manager, Jodi Kennedy, said the alignment of the proposed path was developed following site walks and consultation with community interest groups and nearby landholders.

Factors considered included minimising the removal of indigenous vegetation and disturbance to important fauna, while attempting to enhance the user’s experience, such as views of the creek.

“The preferred location of the bridge was determined in accordance with several considerations including creek flood data, minimising the bridge length and minimising disturbance to adjacent properties,” Ms Kennedy said.

“Council has worked to undertake several investigations in order to design the pathway, including vegetation, geotechnical and cultural heritage assessments.”

The construction works will be advertised for tender and works are anticipated to commence early in 2015, subject to acquiring remaining works permits.

For further information about the project, please contact Council’s Sustainable Environment Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.