Indigo approves beach design fix
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.