Plans are now open for public comment on the next three kilometres of the Tuggerah Lake shared pathway loop.
The recently completed first stage of the loop connected Friday St through to Tuesday St, at a cost of $995,000.
Stages 2 to 4 work will connect Tuesday St to Palmer St, along a foreshore route, and then stage 5 breaks out into five options around the Rocky Point/Tacoma area, but all leading to Don Small Oval.
The 750m Stage 2, between Tuesday and February Sts, is expected to start in March, 2020 and finish in June, costing $750,000.
Stages 3 and 4, from February St to Palmer St, should be finished in 2021.
Meanwhile, the five choices for Stage 5 are open for community consultation to decide the preferred route.
Options A and B will both traverse the foreshore reserve with an elevated boardwalk over the water around Rocky Point.
While Option A follows foreshore all the way to Rocky Point, Option B breaks away to follow Palmer St down to the point.
Option B is the most expensive of the choices at an estimated $5.8M.
Options D and C also follow Palmer St, then High St, and a ramp will be built for Option D to the foreshore, while Option C continues along Marine Pde to the Rocky Point foreshore.
Option E is away from the foreshore and follows Palmer St, along Wolseley Ave, connecting to the road into Don Small Oval.
Options D and E are the shortest routes, between 1,020m and 1,125m at roughly $3M cost.
Even though the 1,480m Option A is likely to be the most picturesque route as it follows the foreshore all the way, it will impact the most number of trees.
All options will impact a significant number of trees.
Throughout the whole project, for every tree removed, council will replant a minimum of five native trees, including casuarinas and paperbarks.
In the recently completed first stage, nine trees were removed and 54 new native trees were planted.
Community consultation is now underway for stages 2 to 5 with a drop-in information session to be held at Lakelands Community Centre, 3 Literary Cl, Kanwal, on Thursday, September 5.
There won’t be a formal presentation, but staff will be present between 3.30 and 7.30pm for one-on-one conversations, to answer questions and to provide relevant information.
Information is also available online at yourvoiceourcoast.com/TSP2-5
Comments on the Tuggerawong Shared Pathway, stages 2 to 5, will close on September 16.
Media release, Aug 21
Central Coast Council
Journalist, Sue Murray