PASSIVE tourism, waterway access, day trippers and holidaymakers are increasingly the focus of forward planning for Tilligerry according to Councillor Steve Tucker.
“The incredible popularity of the Lemon Tree Passage waterfront after the $1 300 000 upgrade has really put us on the map,” he said.
“Over Easter the boating and fishing fraternity really gave the new ramps a workout,” he said.
“With that in mind, Port Stephens Council will be looking at new innovations to enhance the foreshore facilities.”
“The long-promised ‘sails’ are about to be erected over the raised platform beside the pool and council will be extending the trailer parking bays to cater for the increasing demand.”
“Council has approved in principle the construction of a new Marine Rescue Base above the Amenities Block and serious negotiations will now begin with all parties involved.”
“We are also looking at turning the unmade section of Stanley Street into a car park as no new commercial development can happen without the provision of parking. Port Stephens Council will have to negotiate with business owners over this.”
“Shearman Avenue, Lemon Tree Passage, will be upgraded as this is part of the bus route and is currently in a poor state of repair,”he said.
Councillor Tucker also saw the upgrading of Caswell Reserve Mallabula and the park behind the Mallabula wharf as priorities.
“Barbecue facilities, picnic tables, play equipment and public amenities will all be upgraded to make these areas more ‘people friendly’ for the locals and visitors alike.”
Other public works currently underway are the new Tilligerry RFS station and Tanilba roundabout ($1 500 000); the tar sealing of the western end of Caswell Crescent Tanilba Bay and the kerbing, guttering and sealing of the lower end of Francis Avenue, Lemon Tree Passage.
A ‘sail’ will soon cover the play equipment in ‘Centenary Park,’ a Lions Club project at the end of Avenue of the Allies, Tanilba Bay.
By Geoff WALKER