Local families have welcomed two new footpaths on Baines Crescent and Beach Road, between Alleyne Avenue and Kooringa Place, in Torquay.
As part of the safety improvement works, a pedestrian refuge will also be installed on the corner of Beach Road and Baines Crescent and bike racks will be installed early next year. Some minor landscaping works will be carried out in the autumn planting season.
The $224,000 project was jointly funded by the TAC and Surf Coast Shire, who each contributed $100,000, as well as abutting property owners as part of a special charge scheme.
Torquay Ward Councillor Brian McKiterick said the works had drastically improved pedestrian safety.
“There were previously no footpaths in these locations, so you’d often see parents pushing prams and kids on scooters along the side of busy Beach Road,” he said.
“I know these footpaths have made a big difference for residents – including the many young families – in the Surf View Estate area. It’s now much safer and easier for locals to walk to the library, swimming pool and shops.”
“The residents here had been calling on Council to install footpaths, so I’m pleased they’re now complete in time for the summer holiday period.”