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Westport Park upgrade complete

Released on: 05 November 2018

Released on: 05 November 2018

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There is now more reason to enjoy our popular coastal walk, with work to rejuvenate and beautify the Westport Park section now complete.

Safety and accessibility has been improved significantly, with the construction of wider shared pathways, installation of new lighting, seating, shade trees, bubblers and bike racks.

Formalisation of parking has been provided and upgraded stormwater works have also taken place, with the existing foreshore rock wall also receiving attention.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson said the rejuvenation of Westport Park will mean more people can now enjoy our popular Coastal Walk.

“The new 3m shared pathways are a great improvement, allowing walkers, runners and bike riders to all use the space without breaking stride or leaving the path,” said Ms Pinson.

“Improved parking also means access to Livvi’s Place Playground is safer for young families, and upgrades to seating, lighting and access to the Westport Club café now provides a much better experience for all park users.

“The community let us know what they wanted to see included, so to now see these ideas become reality is really exciting, and great news for local residents and visitors,” Ms Pinson said.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “Westport Park is a much loved open space in our community and these improvements will only add to its popularity.

“One of the first things we did as a State Government was to protect this space by dedicating Westport Park as ‘public purpose for recreation’ and seven years later that is exactly what has been achieved and its why it is loved by locals and visitors alike.

“I congratulate the work of Council staff for their efforts in delivering these improvements and I look forward to works to improve the rest of the coastal walk,” Mrs Williams said.

Westport Park is just one of a number of upgrades planned for our region’s iconic Coastal Walk in the coming years, with the construction of news stairs at Nobby’s Beach underway, and improvements between Town Beach and Flagstaff Hill set to begin in coming months.

In addition, improvements to Town Green West including the playground are in the concept phase, with community consultation on this section set to take place in the coming months.

“A big thanks to our community and nearby businesses for your patience and understanding as work was taking place, and I encourage everyone to enjoy the improvements to our magnificent foreshore,” added Ms Pinson.

Council allocated $556,000 to fund the Westport Park upgrade within its 2018/19 Operational Plan, with an additional $240,000 contributed under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW programme.

For more information on the Coastal Walk Master Plan, visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/coastal-walk or call Council on 6581 8111.