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Proposed Community Open Space at 1st Surf Beach

The Proposal
The proposal is to construct an "social family" open space with a flat graded grass surface in the vicinity of the existing toilet block, the existing beach access pathway and the surf life saving club. The space will also have a picnic shelter with barbeques, tables and seats, and potentially interpretation signs on the positive values of the adjacent foreshore reserve.

The main issues considered in locating the space and designing the space were:

  • The need to have a suitably sized open grassed area to allow "play space" for small children.
  • The need to have clear view lines from the car park to the "space" and the barbeque facility for security purposes.
  • The need for a suitably sized open space to act a fire break or buffer around the Life Saving Club and other built facilities.
  • The provision of facilities e.g. barbeques, tables, seats, shower, signage, litter bins and lighting that will attract local and visitor families to the area.
  • The need to retain vegetation on the beach side for some wind protection from the onshore winds so the family users are comfortable even in inclement weather.
  • The need to improve the existing toilet block.

The issue of views from the open space was not considered necessary as there is a look out 100 metre south west along the existing pathway towards the beach.

Environmental Considerations
The identified area was extensively burnt in a deliberately lit wildfire in 2003 and most of the habitat and vegetation environmental values were lost in the fire. The attached vegetation survey and habitat hectare assessment describes the vegetation type and quality.    The proposed works are to be designed to minimise the removal of any significant vegetation.

Land Reservation and Management
Cape Paterson Foreshore Reserve is Crown Land reserved for the protection of the coastline with Bass Coast Shire Council being the appointed Committee of Management.

The works are funded by an allocation of funds from Bass Coast Shire Council and possible grants or donations. Yet to be detailed.

Estimates of Cost

1. Permit requirements (Cultural heritage, building, planning, etc.) = $5,000
2. Earthworks = $5,000
3. Barbeque and shelter = $25,000
4. Tables and seats = $4,500
5. Landscaping, weed control, revegetation = $8,000
6. Concrete path for disabled access = $4,000
7. Boardwalk crossing = $1,500
8. Signage = $2,000
9. Lighting (solar) = $5000
10.New roof structure for toilet block = $12,000
Total = $72,000

Note: The cost estimates are based on best advice available and will need to be reviewed when firm quotes for construction are available.


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Whale Watch

There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:

- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings

- Note the time/day/location

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    Our Hoodies

    Hooded PloversWe have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach.  Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low.  To protect them you must:

      - Read and follow signage

      - Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m

      - Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.

          To find out more about our Hoodies, click here