Bass Coast,

Works Begin On New Cape Paterson Foreshore Path


Bass Coast Shire Council has commenced works to construct a new beach access pathway at First Surf Beach, Cape Paterson.

Hovell Ward Councillor, Neil Rankine, said “The pathway is being constructed in order to improve the service provided by the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club.

“It will allow easier access to the beach for life saving vehicles and equipment, including the club’s inflatable rescue boat. Currently the best option available to the Club is to launch at the Cape Paterson Boat Ramp and then drive the rescue boat approximately 1.2 kilometres to the patrol site at First Surf Beach. This trip sometimes also involves negotiating rough surf. The new access track will reduce life saving response times during emergency situations.”

The pathway project will be completed in two stages. The first stage, which has recently commenced, involves construction of a 190 metre pathway leading to the existing Life Saving Club shed. It is expected that this work will be completed within two weeks.

The second stage will involve constructing a 50 metre elevated timber ramp connecting the pathway to the beach. These works are planned to commence in June 2015.

“The project will require the removal of some coastal vegetation however this removal will be offset in accordance with relevant government policy and legislation. Other works will include stabilisation of nearby eroding sand dunes, planting over 500 indigenous plants and environmental weed control,” Cr Rankine said.

The cost for both stages of the pathway construction project is $130,000. Funding of $60,000 has been provided as part of the State Government’s 2013/14 Coastal Environments Program. Council has contributed $70,000.

Cr Rankine said that works will be completed well before the coming summer life saving patrol period.

For further information please contact Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.