Update on Surf Parade path

Bass Coast Shire Council will begin the procurement process to engage a specialist to assess the impact of the proposed Surf Parade shared pathway in Inverloch following last night’s meeting.

A report regarding the proposed pathway was presented to Council advising it of the progress made in relation to a Council resolution from March this year.

Council approved the brief for the engagement of an appropriately qualified and independent ecologist or botanist and geomorphologist to assess the impact the path, as well as the access tracks and carpark, could have on the coastal foreshore.

Council’s General Manager Infrastructure, Felicity Sist, said planning for a shared path along the western end of Surf Parade between Abbott Street and Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road had been happening for some time now.

“The proposed pathway is consistent with the Bass Coast Planning Scheme, and the alignment of the path has been identified as the highest priority project and fits in with the Principal Bicycle Network (PBN) developed and promoted through VicRoads and Council,” Ms Sist said.

“All relevant permits have been approved, although a coastal study is continuing to ensure the project is not detrimental to the foreshore area before the first stage can go ahead.”