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  • Writer's pictureHannah Phillips

Projecting More Works for Robe in 2018

Flow region 107.3fm Robe has been busy since the start of the 2017-18 financial year, undertaking a variety of projects across the town.

According to Chief Executive Roger Sweetman in his 2017-18 Capital Projects Update in Robe Council's monthly newsletter, a variety of works are continuing into 2018 including Lake Butler Marina, the Robe Street Carpark and more.

In the update, Mr Sweetman stated the reconstruction of Straddle Carrier Jetty has commenced but had not been completed by the predicted date of December 15, due to delays with the steel fabrication.

The Chief Execitove said: "It is anticipated that this will now occur early in January 2018.

"Council apologises to the fishing community for any inconvenience this may cause."

Robe Street Carpark is another project that has been under construction in 2017, with the Council confirming all work has now been completed, "except for some landscaping which will occur in 2018,

involving paving and planting."

The carpark reconstruction now provides for additional carpark spaces and removes the unsatisfactory

surface which existed during the winter months.

"Thank you to the community for their patience while this project has been undertaken," Mr Sweetman said.

The final stage of Davenport Street construction has now been completed with the road sealed and ready for use.

"Users of Davenport Street will note that the unofficial access at the Southern end of Davenport Street has been closed.

This access was not on a public road but located on private property and while it may cause some

inconvenience, Council cannot direct traffic through private property for many reasons, the least being it’s not public land," Mr Sweetman said.

The extension of the Lord Syleham and O’Halloran Street footpaths has also been completed, as well as access to the Drain L Bridge upon the Main Road.

Restoration of the Heritage Wall at Robe cemetery is underway, with the contractor commencing works

Plans are also being prepared to allow a development application to be lodged for the construction of a new

niche wall at the cemetery.

According to the Council, "the western wing of the existing Niche Wall has been altered to allow for the placement of memorial plaques within the cemetery and the rear of the existing niche wall has been repaired and re-plastered.

"A concept plan detailing how the cemetery will develop in the coming years and what services and

facilities may be provided at the cemetery is being developed and will be placed before the community

seeking your comments in the New Year."

Robe's Main Beach new access ramp and seawall upgrades are also currently being developed.

Mr Sweetman outlined the projects: "Main Beach Robe is one of the most visited and utilised areas within our township with the beach providing a sea side experience for the many visitors to the town.

"The beach is the venue for the annual learn to swim program and contains the two swimming pontoons which are very popular with the town’s youth.

"Access to the beach is currently via two concrete ramps, constructed in excess of 50 years ago which are not compliant with respect to providing abled and disabled access to the beach. "These ramps at certain times of the year are also difficult for the general public to traverse due to their steepness and at times when the beach level drops leaving a significant drop off from the ramp to the sand.

"The rock wall at the foreshore and the Bowling Club is deteriorating and exposing the public assets to damage from storm surge and high tides.

"Council is commencing a three stage project to upgrade the beach access and repair and replace the sea wall.

This project involves:

  • Demolishing the two existing concrete ramps

  • The construction of a new ramp that complies with current disabled access regulations and will also be wide enough to accommodate plant and vehicles involved in sand replenishment on main beach.

  • Reconstruction of the sea wall adjacent the new ramp, and

  • Reconstruction of the sea wall adjacent the Bowling Club.

"The construction of the new ramp and sea walls will be done in accordance with Coastal Protection Board

guidelines and approvals.

"It is planned to undertake the work in three stages with the first stage being the construction of the new access ramp and associated sea walls."

Council also considered some alternative designs for the Foreshore fence at its meeting held in November and have put the designs before the community seeking the community’s feedback.

The proposed designs can be found on Council’s website or on display at the Council office.

All feedback must be received by 5pm, Friday February 23rd.

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