Millions of dollars’ worth of improvements have transformed three of Lake Macquarie’s most popular waterfront locations in time for Christmas.
Upgrades of foreshore stretches at Belmont, Pelican and Warners Bay are all now complete, with new furniture, paths and shore stabilisation among the many features.
Community Assets Section Manager Brendan Callander said all three projects were designed to provide a more inviting, user-friendly and environmentally sustainable foreshore for the community.
“Between them, these three stretches of foreshore welcome tens of thousands of visitors every year,” Mr Callander said.
“The improvements we’ve undertaken make the most of their stunning outlooks, and add features that encourage greater use and enjoyment.”
At Belmont, a 70metre section of Green Point Reserve has undergone comprehensive foreshore stabilisation to prevent ongoing erosion towards the shared path winding along the water’s edge.
The $400,000 project also includes installation of a new handrail and landscaping, to be completed in early 2019.
New seating has also been installed in the reserve, close to a fig tree popular for wedding ceremonies.
“The area has been re-shaped to create a more user-friendly space than the previously undulating terrain,” Mr Callander said.
A 90metre section of foreshore north of the Pelican boat ramp has also been stabilised, using sandstone blocks and sand, with new turf laid in the adjacent reserve.
“These improvements will allow continued use of this length of foreshore while the assessment, design and implementation of a long-term stabilisation strategy is completed,” Mr Callander said.
Work is also complete at the southern end of Pelican foreshore rebuilding three rock groynes and renourishing the shoreline with sand.
At Warners Bay, $3.5 million worth of foreshore improvements completed this month include two new all-weather plazas, a new viewing area at North Creek, installation of new seating and shelters and new tree plantings.
“This project also included construction of a 90metre sandstone seawall, completing a 160metre stretch of seawall that now stabilises and beautifies this very popular section of the lake’s foreshore,” Mr Callander said.
“All works at Warners Bay were funded by local development contributions.
“Council will continue to assess and prioritise further foreshore works around our beautiful lake in 2019 and beyond.”
Lake Macquarie features 174kmetres of shoreline, making it one of the largest saltwater lakes in the Southern Hemisphere.