FAR from being a sleepy little backwater, the Tilligerry Peninsula is rapidly becoming very popular with tourists and ‘seachangers’ alike.
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Council therefore is investing in infrastructure to cater for the growing needs and expectations of a booming town.
The big ticket item at the moment is the construction of a $500,000 roundabout at the Centennial Gates. Visionary town planner Henry Halloran built these in 1931 to mark the centenary of European settlement.
With the impending closure of Ave of the Allies, the entry and exit of traffic at Tanilba township will be via President Wilson Walk.
Anticipating this, Port Stephens Council has already upgraded Lloyd George Grove and installed a traffic island at the intersection to ensure smooth traffic flow.
Long time resident, Cr. Steve Tucker said that the state government grant was specific and a ‘one off’ as part of the ‘black spot’ initiative.
“We are also looking forward to working in tandem with Tilligerry Lions on their centennial project as this year marks the centenary of the formation of the Lions movement in Chicago, Illinois,” he said.
“A makeover of the waterfront park will see the old amenities block demolished and its concrete base used as a foundation for a picnic shed replete with BBQ and seating. A sealed car park will go in along with a new toilet block.
A sail will cover the updated play equipment,” he added.
Cr. Tucker also advised that the two tiered platform beside the pool in Henderson Park LTP would soon have a large shade sail erected above it.
“But there’s more,” he said. “We will be in contact with Marine Rescue to flesh out plans for a new waterfront station proposed for a site incorporating the current amenities block.”
By Geoff WALKER