Improvements to Sandy Beach at Lake Sambell in Beechworth will start on Tuesday 14 March with construction of two retaining walls.
"The walls will ensure the beach remains sandier for longer -- and help prevent the lake silting up -- and will provide seating and convenience to swimmers and sight-seers," the Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor, said today. "And we will bring in more sand to the beach once the walls are in place."
"We have been discussing how the improvements should proceed with interested residents, and have incorporated many excellent suggestions from them into the original design."
The Sandy Beach improvements are an important part of the Lake Sambell Master Plan which was adopted by Council in 2015 after extensive Community Consultation.
"As well as offering many ideas for consideration, members of the public twice met onsite with Council officers and engineers in February to clarify how the improvements would enhance the appearance and friendliness of the entire area," Cr O'Connor said.
ABOVE: Cr O'Connor with overview at Lake Sambell. View the high resolution overview [3MB jpeg]
The scope of the current works include relocating the swings and removing the bus shelter; extending the shelter and installing picnic tables underneath; disability access path to the shelter; a graded access path for beach access; rock retaining walls at seat height to prevent sand from washing into the lake; beach extension at both ends; and adding extra sand.
"Feedback from residents had led to some modifications including relocating the swings between the new shelter and the car park, colouring the tops of the retaining walls to contrast with the sand and rerouting the bicycle path to direct it around the site rather than through the middle of the area," Cr O'Connor said.
"Many more good ideas were canvassed, and will no doubt be considered favourably in upgrades to Lake Sambell facilities further down the track," Cr O'Connor said.
"Meanwhile, I am really looking forward to this current Sandy Beach renovation, and want to thank all those involved in the process -- our staff and engineers, our contractors and of course those people of Beechworth and surrounds who gave of their time and their ideas."
Council estimates the retaining walls will be finished before Easter, and the other work to be completed by June. The budget for the project is $79,746.