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Coast Park

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CoastPark_TimelineWe have some of the most beautiful beaches in South Australia, running from West Beach right through to Semaphore with 14.5kms of pristine coastline. Being able to spend time along our beaches is really important for our residents and visitors into the City.

The Government of South Australia is committed to the development of a Coast Park from North Haven to Sellicks Beach. Coast Park provides an opportunity to develop a continuous public link in a park like setting along the metropolitan coastline, further enhancing public use and enjoyment of the coast.

Since the late 90s, we have worked with neighbouring councils and State Government to deliver the State’s Coast Park initiative. A key aspect of the project has been the development of a continuous, shared use recreational path along the foreshore which caters for the use and enjoyment of people walking, jogging, cycling, wheeling prams and wheelchairs. In addition to the path, we have provided infrastructure to enhance the surrounding environment including new landscaped areas, park furniture and artwork.

To date the City of Charles Sturt has completed approximately 7km of the Coast Park path. The first section of Coast Park completed was in 1998 along Marlborough Street, Henley Beach. In subsequent years we have completed construction from West Beach through to Grange and sections within Semaphore Park.

These sections connect West Beach to Grange Jetty and the River Torrens, with the path providing a unique recreation experience along the coast, connecting our vibrant coastal destinations of Henley Square, Grange Jetty and West Beach. The completed sections also link to important destinations along the coast outside of the Council area including Glenelg, Semaphore and Outer Harbour. The State Governments vision is to provide a continuous Coast Park along the entire metropolitan coast.

The path is 3m wide, this width meets the relevant national standards (Austroad 2009 Guide to Road Design Part 6A – Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths). The path is designed to allow prams, cyclists and wheelchairs enough space to pass one another safely. The aim throughout this project has been to revitalise and sustain a pathway that protects sensitive dune areas and provides a healthy, diverse and accessible pathway. The joint project with the State Government has improved pedestrian and cycling facilities along our coastline, and research demonstrates that access to beaches encourages recreational walking, jogging and cycling.

The construction of the path hasn’t always been an easy process, with many competing factors to take into account. Respecting the needs of residents who live along the foreshore to reasonable privacy, having the path alignment next to our precious dune systems and our need to develop a path that is not at significant risk of storm damage have all been important considerations.

The high level of interest from residents all over our City, and from wider metropolitan Adelaide, have also needed to be reflected in how we construct the path. We are lucky to be able to welcome so many users of the path down to our coast, and are proud of providing such an open, accessible path that has become a destination.

As well as accessibility and the ability to attract visitors to our coast, we have a responsibility to provide quality recreational infrastructure for our residents. The continuous coast path ensures a whole range of people can use the path together in a safe environment, encouraging health and well- being. Our involvement in the construction of the path ensures we are encouraging residents to be active, get outside and move – whether it be through walking, cycling, jogging or a mix of all three!

Last Section of Coast Park

Council resolved in April to complete the last section of Coast Park. The final section of the path will be constructed from Third Avenue Semaphore Park to Shore Court West Lakes Shore, and Bournemouth Street Tennyson to Terminus Street Grange (excluding the Tennyson Dunes Conservation Park section which is under control of the State Government).

The path alignment in these areas is now set, (subject to detailed design) and funding has been received from the State Government to complete these sections. We continue to work with the residents who are along the foreshore, and continue to liaise with them, one on one, regarding landscaping options in the interface area between their land and the path.

Legal Implications

Legal matters cannot be discussed in detail, however Charles Sturt is comfortable with our robust consultation approach in regard to this project that has been undertaken over the past three years, our focus on minimising the impact on native vegetation and environment, creating an asset that is durable and able to be effectively maintained for the long term enjoyment of the community and preserving as much as is practicable the privacy and amenity of those residents whose back yards interface with the dunes and the seafront.

The State Government (DPTI) has also advised Council that the construction of the path is consistent with the purpose for which the land was dedicated and with the purposes intended. Additionally the State’s Department Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Coast Protection Board (CPB) has been consulted and involved in the project.

Legal proceedings were lodged with the Supreme Court on 25 October 2016 between the Coastal Ecology Protection Group Incorporated and Others (as the Plaintiff) and the City of Charles Sturt (as the Defendant).

We are proceeding with the detailed design and appointment of a suitably qualified contractor to undertake the works through a Design and Construct Tender process.

The contractor will be appointed in November at the completion of an evaluation process and will proceed with the detailed design for the project. It is intended to commence construction in February 2016.

Council is also proceeding with consultation with property owners in relation to landscape treatments between the property boundaries and path in mid-late November.

Background

  • Since 2013, the City of Charles Sturt (CCS) has undertaken extensive consultation with foreshore property owners and occupiers as well as the broader community, including open ‘speak out’ sessions and the formation of a Coast Park Project Reference Group (CPPRG).
  • The CPPRG identified four options for the path alignment, as the basis for broader community consultation.  Consultation on these options in late 2014 resulted in 1,100 responses: with a both Options 1 (CPPRG Preferred Option with a dual path) and Option 2 (Beachfront shared use path) receiving similar levels of support. See Council Report
  • As Coast Park is a joint project between State and Local Government, CCS sought direction from the State Government regarding a preference for either of these two shortlisted options.  The State Government advised that funding would only be available for Option 2 (Beachfront shared use path) as it is the option that aligns with the coast park objectives.

Given the significant cost of constructing the path and the split community view on a preferred alignment, in April 2016 the CCS resolved to adopt Option 2.


Hallum Terrace Dunes North
Hallum Terrace Dunes North 

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