Plans to transform Seaforth Esplanade unveiled

Master planning for an exciting upgrade of the Seaforth Esplanade is almost complete but you still have time to have your say, with feedback open until September 6.

Council has been releasing updates as planning for the site has progressed over the last six weeks via its Connecting Mackay website.

Council has also been working closely with the Hibiscus Coast Progress and Sports Association to make sure that everyone has had the opportunity to contribute their ideas and raise any concerns.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the 5.77ha esplanade had enormous potential, particularly with the popular Seaforth camping ground offering unrestricted beachfront access right next door.

“We want to transform Seaforth Esplanade into a vibrant and exciting space where residents and visitors to the area can spend quality time with their families,” he said.

“The swimming enclosure will be retained as a unique attraction for Seaforth and the esplanade park.

“The plan recommends creating a new recreational hub by expanding and upgrading the existing picnic area and public amenities located directly opposite the swimming enclosure.

“In addition to locating the park’s playground facilities to this location, a small contemporary-style water play feature is proposed to replace the aged wading pool.

“Unlike the wading pool, these types of facilities don’t need to be fenced or require lifeguards, and more importantly, everyone can enjoy them.”

Cr Williamson said other improvements recommended were a beachfront walk with options for several cross-park connections, allowing pedestrians and riders to access the beachfront.

“Day trippers have also been considered, with opportunities for more car parking identified,” he said.

“A modest facelift is also planned for the area around the war memorials next to the post office, general store and ambulance station, and full advantage is being taken of the site’s many mature trees, some of which are historically significant.

“We believe the upgrades will drive more tourism to this coastal community as visitors to the camping ground will be able to enjoy the new additions to the esplanade.

“The improvement proposed in the master plan will take advantage of the location’s natural beauty and provide the perfect setting for locals and visitors to enjoy beautiful beach sunrises.

“We realise that the Seaforth community has a vital role to play in creating a new environment on their beachfront and we will continue to involve them in the planning process.”

Residents are invited to view the Seaforth Esplanade master planning document and provide feedback at www.connectingmackay.com.au.

Feedback will close on September 6.