Elliott Heads Foreshore Masterplan and Kiosk

PROJECT UPDATE - JUNE 2014

Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd have completed the new kiosk in June 2014.  The project was funded by Bundaberg Regional Council and the State Government under the 2013/14 Local Government Grants and Subsdies Program - Infrastructure Subsidy.

PROJECT UPDATE - MAY 2014:

The exterior of the new kiosk  and the new amenities block is almost complete.  The kiosk will soon undergo internal fit-out while four unisex toilets and two disabled toilets with showers will be installed in the amenities block.  The new kiosk will replace the existing kiosk and nearby rotunda, both of which are at the end of their serviceable lives 

Council started construction on the new facilities in February 2014 as part of stage one of the Elliott Heads Foreshore Masterplan.

PROJECT UPDATE - 14 MARCH 2014:

A new $743,000 kiosk and amenities facility is being built on the River Esplanade, Lihs Street, Elliott Heads as part of the approved Eliott Heads Foreshore Master plan.

Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd was awarded the contract and construction commenced in February, 2014.

Construction is progressing well and the new kiosk and amenities are expected to be completed by the end of this financial year.

Once the new kiosk is operational, Council intends to demolish the old kiosk and,  subject to the availability of funding, construct a viewing desk as part of the masterplan for this area.

MASTERPLAN FOR ELLIOTT HEADS FORESHORE:

The Elliott Heads Foreshore is situated in a highly visible location when entering the township of Elliott Heads.  As a 'destination' parkland, the reserve is utilised by local residents and visitors alike, acting as a focal point for those people utilising the open parkland space and amenities, enjoying the natural beauty and views offered, accessing the bathing reserve and patrolled beach, the Elliott River, the Elliott Heads Holiday Park, the Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving clubhouse and utilising the Elliott Heads community hall.

Also situated on this reserve is the Elliott Heads Kiosk.  The state of the building is quite poor, with an independent engineering and building inspection of the structure recommending that a new purpose built kiosk is the preferred solution to on-going repairs and maintenance.  This recommendation triggered the need to examine where best to place a replacement kiosk relative to modern day legislative requirements.  The replacement location also warranted further investigation to other layout changes to the reserve land that may improve functionality, accessibility and safety for both vehicles and pedestrians, as well as connectivity to other locations.  As such a Masterplan that highlighted the ultimate layout was prepared through extensive consultation with user groups and the wider community. 

The Masterplan layout provides for:

  • a location of replacement kiosk that functions and meets statutoryrequirements
  • formalised car parking 
  • greater use of patrolled bathing reserve to reduce safety risks of river mouth swimming
  • replacement of aged amenities with modern day environmentally friendly systems
  • expansion of pathways for connectivity
  • safer pedestrian and vehicle safety interactions
  • increased enjoyment of the natural amenity
  • additional recreational facilities
  • open space for 'kick about' recreational activities
  • ensuring access to river mouth is maintained
  • managing site drainage improvements and;
  • ensuring the natural environment is maintained and not adversely impacted

The Masterplan has been developed to allow for staged delivery as resources and funding becomes available. 

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