Bass Coast,

Paving the way for improved paths

Bass Coast Shire Council has begun working on the replacement and expansion of parts of the Shire’s footpath network as part of the 2016/17 Capital Works program.

Council committed $188,000 in the current budget to the replacement of approximately 900 metres of old footpaths, $68,000 on the construction of approximately 200 metres of new footpaths and $94,000 to fill gaps in the existing path network.

“We understand the importance footpaths play, not only as an alternative transport mode, but to improve connectivity and community health,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said.

Completed projects include:

Cashin Street, Inverloch – $16,380

Seahaven Aged Care residents had limited alternatives to venture beyond the facility due to its location on Cashin Street. Cashin Street has become a main thoroughfare for traffic, posing potential risk to the elderly attempting to travel to the Dixon Street footpath network. The residents now have the ability to travel to Inverloch’s CBD entirely off-road.

Pier Road, Grantville – $19,800

This has completed the connection from the foreshore and will cater for the residents and visitors of the Grantville Caravan Park. Residents and visitors in this area now have a safe off-road option. The 1.5m wide concrete path will also provide all pedestrians with a safe off-road route from the existing path network to the commercial and shopping precinct in Grantville. Alternatively, pedestrians can access the foreshore walking track without having to walk on-road.

Thompson Avenue Cowes – $58,000

These replacement works along Thompson Avenue Cowes from Cowes Rhyll Road to Redwood Drive has replaced the old asphalt path with a 2m wide concrete path, providing pedestrians with a safer footpath.

Hagelthorn Street, Wonthaggi - $22,725

Following requests from the local community and business owners, Council has now completed works to replace the footpath along Hagelthorn Street from McBride Avenue to Billson Street. The project was combined with recent road renewal works as to minimise disruption to local residents.

Smiths Beach Road, Smiths Beach - $25,623

Footpath replacement works have been from Murray Street to opposite Hollywood Crescent. This is the second section of path replaced along Smiths Beach Road, with more sections of path to be replaced as budgets allow. The existing asphalt path has been replaced with a 1.5m wide concrete path and the overall project was in response to customer requests and was delivered under budget.

Mortimer Street Wonthaggi - $37,800

An alternative safe off road connection catering for the residential area in North West of McKenzie Street now provides pedestrians with a safe pathway from the existing path network to the commercial and shopping precinct in Wonthaggi. Previously, residents in this area had limited safe, off-road options apart from McKenzie Street, which added considerable distance to their journey.

Works underway include:

Miners Drive, Wonthaggi

Preliminary design works have commenced on a proposed pathway link along Miners Drive, Wonthaggi, from McKenzie Street and connect with the existing path network at 46 Miners Drive. The purpose of this project is to fill a gap along Miners Drive, which has been identified in Council’s footpath gap program and is in response to requests from local residents. During this period, Council will seek comment from affected residents and landowners

Phillip Island Tourist Road, San Remo

Stage 4 of the Phillip Island Tourist Road is currently underway and is planned to connect to existing paths in San Remo. It is to be formally constructed as part of new Island View subdivision. The project is expected to be completed in December 2016, weather permitting. The shared path has been designed and engineered in accordance with current standards and is supported by Department of Transport, Bicycle Victoria and local bicycle groups

Construction works will shortly commence on:

  • footpath replacement works along Genista Street, San Remo, on the corner of Tingara Close
  • footpath replacement works along South Dudley Road, Wonthaggi, from the Guide Park entrance to the Wonthaggi Wetlands carpark