Surf Parade path gets tick of approval

Bass Coast Shire Council can now commence construction of Stage 1 of the Surf Parade Path project in Inverloch after it was given the go ahead at last night's Ordinary Meeting.

The first stage of the project will extend from the end of the existing path near Abbott Street for approximately 115 metres and will include a bridge over Ayr Creek with a viewing platform looking out to sea.

The estimated cost of Stage 1 of the project is $148,000.

Council decided to progress with the path project after results of a Geomorphic and Ecological report showed the impact of the shared path to be low risk.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said Council’s role is to make sure an investment of this scale is intergenerational.

“Our decision is now well informed, backed by a forensic and detailed study that has merged contemporary and historical data with future trends and modelling,” Cr Crugnale said.

“We will also revisit the design for future stages of the path to try and ease car parking constraints, which was highlighted as an issue from a cross section of user groups and local organisations in the community over the last year.

“This path will be a fabulous asset and will bring us one step closer to the Inverloch and Cowes linear path.”

The shared pathway is embedded in Bass Coast’s planning scheme, which seeks to provide bicycle and pedestrian paths along coastal roads and streets.

Construction of this section of the Inverloch foreshore pathway is in line with the planning scheme and the supporting Bass Coast Bicycle Strategy.

The planning scheme also states a need to provide a variety of pathways for pedestrians and cyclists that link directly to recreational areas, the coast, and other areas of natural beauty or cultural significance.