In­digo ap­proves beach de­sign fix

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

IN­DIGO Shire Coun­cil’s fi­nal de­sign for im­prove­ments to Lake Sam­bell’s Sandy Beach precinct in Beech­worth has won good sup­port on so­cial me­dia. The coun­cil made some changes to the de­sign at its Au­gust coun­cil meet­ing af­ter fur­ther com­mu­nity com­ments about the con­cept plan. Mayor Jenny O’Con­nor said the new changes in­volved mov­ing the swings to the western side of the play­ground, away from the car park where they were orig­i­nally in­tended to go. A handrail and steps on the rock re­tain­ing wall at the beach will also be added to help with ac­cess and vis­i­bil­ity of the wall. “The ear­lier con­cept plan had two re­tain­ing walls on the beach, the swings re­lo­cated to near the carpark, dis­abil­ity ac­cess ta­bles un­der the shel­ter, re­lo­ca­tion of the path around the play­ground area, re­mov­ing the old bus shel­ter and in­creas­ing the range of park fur­ni­ture,” Cr O’Con­nor said. “Work on im­prove­ments be­gan in April with a sin­gle re­tain­ing wall on the beach. “This and other el­e­ments of the work were largely well re­ceived by the com­mu­nity. “But some is­sues raised by the com­mu­nity since then have led to us mak­ing the changes we have ap­proved.” The gravel path will stay in place as it in­curs min­i­mal traf­fic, a handrail and steps will be in­stalled in the mid­dle of the rock re­tain­ing wall on the beach, and a sec­ond rock wall will be de­ferred for fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tion. The bud­get for the work is $80,000 with costs ex­pected to be closer to $90,000. The dif­fer­ence will be cov­ered by sav­ings in other projects. The mayor said the need for im­prove­ments was iden­ti­fied in the Lake Sam­bell mas­ter plan in 2015 and the Lake Sam­bell Sandy Beach mas­ter plan in 2012. Th­ese plans will con­tinue to guide fu­ture de­vel­op­ments, she said. The lat­est changes will be in place be­fore the sum­mer sea­son.

FRESH DIP: In­digo coun­cil’s re­vised de­sign for Sandy Beach at Lake Sam­bell in Beech­worth.

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