Some sections of the Surf Parade ‘Shared Pathway Extension’ required only minimal clearing of foreshore vegetation. m083817

HOW far can you go with $408,000?
If you’re the Bass Coast Shire Council, and you’re building a 2.5 metre wide ‘shared pathway’ along the Inverloch foreshore, you can go approximately 500 metres.
That’s $816 a metre, which does sound like a helleva lot for a footpath.
And never mind how much the former shire council wasted second-guessing the careful plans and compliance undertaken by qualified people on their behalf.
They could have put the path clear through to the Cape Road for that! But we’ve got to move on.
And move on is exactly what the contractors for the shire did last week as they opened up the route for the new extension to the path, from the footbridge over Ayr Creek to Veronica Street.
“The works are scheduled to be completed prior to Christmas, depending on the weather and there’s a newsletter going out to stakeholders, including the Surf Lifesaving Club, schools, the caravan park, parkrun organisers, and local businesses,” said a spokesperson for the shire.
“Nearby residents have received a physical letter drop and a mail-out has been sent to (absentee) property owners.”
Construction works will involve:
• Approved vegetation clearing associated pathway works
• Construction of a 2.5 metre wide concrete shared pathway between Ayr Creek bridge and Veronica Street (approximately 500 metres)
• Construction of the foreshore carpark located prior to Veronica Street, and
• Any other associated infrastructure as required as a part of the works.
Traffic control measures, including speed reductions and traffic lights will be in place while construction works are being undertaken.
Some minor delays for vehicles have been experienced but the shire’s contractor is making every effort to minimise any disruptions.
Council has also committed to constructing future stages of the path, from Veronica Street to Goroke Street (surf lifesaving club) as detailed in the Surf Parade Inverloch Shared Path Master Plan, and will consider funding for this stage in future budget processes.
Bass Coast Deputy Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, is pleased to see the works have commenced.
“The path will provide pedestrian and cyclists with a safe, off-road option further along Surf Parade, and is the next step in constructing a path all the way from the centre of Inverloch to the Surf Life Saving Club and the Surf Beach,” Cr Tessari said.