The South West Rocks community will soon have a detailed vision of the future as design works have begun for next stage of upgrades to Horseshoe Bay Reserve.
Kempsey Shire Council have engaged a designer to draw up plans for the revitalised Horseshoe Bay Reserve following extensive community and stakeholder engagement on the Horseshoe Bay Master Plan.
Residents provided extensive input into the proposed upgrades for the reserve at Council workshops held between 2018 and 2019. The natural beauty, beaches and community spirit were highlighted and were guiding factors in developing the Master Plan. Improving pedestrian links around the foreshore area and to the town centre and open spaces were also seen as important by residents and influenced decision making.
Senior Strategic Planning Officer, Bruce Potts, said the input of First Nations and Disability advocates has also been identified as of key importance.
“We are looking forward to meeting with Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council and Figtree Aboriginal Corporation, as well as the Macleay Disability Inclusion Group, to listen to their views and expertise in this area,” said Mr Potts.
Council has engaged design consultant Civille to develop designs for the Horseshoe Bay upgrades.
Civille’s Director, David Knights, said Civille will build on the concepts and strategies that are set out in the Masterplan for Horseshoe Bay.
“We are excited about contributing to the future of Horseshoe Bay, an important place for the community of South West Rocks as well as visitors from around the country,” said Mr Knights.
“It’s great to see such a well-considered Masterplan – the collaboration in development of the Masterplan between Council and the community is clearly evident. The Masterplan will be our guide to the next stage of design.”