GOOLWA – Future generations of beach-goers will be able to enjoy Goolwa’s iconic stretch of coastline after a master plan for the site’s development was approved by Alexandrina Council.
The council endorsed the Goolwa Beach Master Plan at its Monday, February 6 meeting.
Included in the master plan are improvements to the four-wheel-drive track, new surf life saving club and toilet facility, reconfigured and expanded car park and new cafe and plaza area.
About 130 written submissions were received during consultation, including about 30 at a public information session on October 15 last year.
The session was attended by 73 people, all indicating ‘yes’ in a survey as to whether the master plan was on the right track.
In response to feedback received, several changes were made to the recommendations in the draft master plan before it was finalised.
Regional coordinator Resilient Hills and Coasts Kathy Hayter presented a report at the February 6 meeting, which outlined the need to expand of the car park and amenities for busy summer periods.
“Visitor numbers increase and the car park is regularly overloaded, causing a strain on facilities, inconvenience and frustration with locals and visitors to the area, and increase risks to public safety,” Ms Hayter wrote.
Council has committed $1 million in its long term financial plan toward the project, as well as another $1 million commitment to the development of the surf life saving club room.
Mayor Keith Parkes said council will need to augment its funding with external funding, such the state government’s People and Places grant scheme.
“In order for this development to occur, council will need to apply for funding opportunities,” Mr Parkes said. “It’s going to be fantastic when it’s completed.”
He said the upgrade will happen gradually over about five years, but work will begin before next summer. Surf Life Saving SA is expected to submit a development application for the Goolwa Beach Surf Lifesaving Club facility.
Acting general manager infrastructure and assets Simon Grenfell said the project included extensive consultation with stakeholders.
“We’ve still got some way to go before we deliver the project, but hopefully… we will have something on the ground in this calendar year.”
To view the plan visit www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au