Following several years of comprehensive investigation, business planning, statutory planning and liaison with a range of stakeholders (including the State Government), West Coast Council is now poised to implement the Macquarie Heads Expansion Project.
With all strategic and statutory planning work completed, a Planning Permit obtained and additional funding secured through a generous grant from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Council is ready to develop the range of improvements that will help drive more tourists to the area, and enhance the precinct for existing users, with better infrastructure to bring the facility in line with modern requirements, while improving the overall safety of the area for all users.
West Coast Council hosted a BBQ event at the Macquarie Heads Campground on the weekend, to showcase the preliminary concepts and designs for the planned expansion project and to seek feedback before finalising the detailed plans.
Around 40 people attended the BBQ event (including Permit Holders, Parks and Wildlife staff, Councillors and MAST). Participants were invited to view the preliminary plans and concepts created in line with the Masterplan phase, and were asked to provide their feedback, before Council looks to finalise the design phase of the project shortly.
Those attending were able to view some detailed concepts and designs and hear about:
• the establishment of a central Car Park facility capable of taking up to 25 car and boat trailer combinations, with some individual car spots available as well;
• a new waste disposal area (adjacent to the caretaker’s residence) that meets all current environmental standards;
• an expanded camping area capable of adding an additional 53 sites to the precinct; or a combination of additional caravan sites, with some further day camping options;
• two new toilet facilities, comprising a hybrid system designed for environmentally sensitive waste disposal (i.e. septic with gravity fed sub-surface hybrid secondary treatment systems);
• upgrades to Macquarie Heads Road site line visibility and marking (to include speed limit signage etc);
• the potential for traffic calming treatments to improve safety for pedestrians; and