Manly Council 15 July 2010

Ceremony to mark culmination of historic ten year effort to upgrade iconic Manly beachfront The Honourable Maxine McKew, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Local Government, will on Monday 19 July 2010 unveil a plaque formally commemorating the completed Stage Four construction works of the Manly Ocean Beach Promenade Landscape Improvement Project.

The completion of the works represents the culmination of a ten-year program of landscape improvements alongside iconic Manly Beach, Australia’s most popular ocean-side resort destination. The plaque unveiling ceremony will commence at 9.15am (for 9.30) on Monday 19 July 2010, adjacent to the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club at the corner of North Steyne and Cameron Avenue, Manly. Manly Council is also in the final stages of stabilising the century-old Sea Wall from North Steyne to Queenscliff, providing vital, long term coastal protection for local property owners.

The stabilisation of the sea wall is expected to be completed by the end of July. The combined project of the landscape improvement works and the sea wall stabilisation had a total estimated budget of $3,136,000, including Commonwealth funding in the form of a $2,270,000 ‘economic stimulus grant’ under the Federal Government’s Regional & Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The first three stages of the Manly Ocean Beach Promenade Landscape Improvement Project, completed between 1998 and 2002, were the first comprehensive upgrade of the iconic beachfront recreation zone since the 1930s, involving extensive landscape improvements between The Corso and Manly Surf Club and also the North Steyne Surf Club forecourt.

The final, fourth stage of the project extends along The Steyne Promenade from North Steyne to Queenscliff and includes;

• extensive new paving,

• new picnic settings,

• resurfacing of the Promenade’s shared pedestrian and bicycle pathway,

• re-establishment of grassed areas and gardens,

• new drinking fountains,

• new energy efficient public lighting,

• water conserving beach shower amenities, and

• beautiful sandstone seating integrated into the perimeter of the new landscaping.

“This final, fourth stage of Manly Council’s ten-year Ocean Beach Promenade Landscape Improvement Project will greatly improve the safety and general amenity of the North Steyne Promenade area and make The Steyne and Manly Beach more attractive to long stay visitors and local residents alike,” said Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay.

“Boosting local retail, accommodation, hospitality and other tourism related industries, Council’s Stage Four construction works also employed local contractors and consultants, stimulating the local economy and providing sustainable leisure facilities that encourage public use and enjoyment of community and crown land.” The prize-winning Manly Ocean Beach Master Plan which has guided all four stages of Manly’s Landscape Improvement Project achieved almost immediate acclaim when it was first exhibited in draft form over a decade ago.

“The aims of the plan have included ensuring that the Ocean Beach Area remains a natural place as well as a public place and that the Manly Ocean Beach remains enjoyable, clean, comfortable and well kept,” said Councillor Hay.

“Instead of imposing a major transformation to the distinctive character of the area, the project designers have seen to it that the improvement process was a gradual, evolving process of repair and upgrading over ten years.”