Council steps up beachfront safety

WORK has been completed by Wattle Range Council to restore a safe beachfront near the Southend-on-Sea Caravan Park and install fencing to protect caravan park users.

In a report to council, project manager David Wallis said there was also a stairway installed from the caravan park to the beachfront.

“This was successfully completed before the holiday season utilising both internal and external workforce,” Mr Wallis said.

Furthermore, he said the chlorine storage upgrade at the Millicent Swimming Lake had been completed and the Nangwarry Pool sails have been installed.

“Toilets for The Domain playground and skate park area have been ordered and arrived pre-Christmas.

“Installation will begin in January.

“Drawings have been completed and the Bolton Oval project has been put out to tender for the complete renovation of the building including a new roof and guttering.

“The successful tenderer has been appointed with work is expected to begin in February.”

His report was tabled at the January monthly council meeting and its contents received and noted.

Councillor Moira Neagle took exception to the news only 35pc of the council’s capital and operational works had been completed so far in the 2018/19 financial year.

“It does not seem high,” Cr Neagle said.

In reply, council chief executive Ben Gower explained there was a lag in starting projects as the 2018/19 budget had to be approved.

Mr Gower said there was also a break for Christmas but he said he was confident of a high completion rate.

“There were 95pc of projects completed in the 2017/18 financial year.”

Cr Glenn Brown queried the status of the footpath upgrade on Willowbank Road, Millicent.

Mr Gower said the project involved the removal of pine trees and the owner of the land could not be contacted.