Lake Macquarie City Council calls on residents to 'have their say' on foreshore plans before closing date

Toronto's foreshore.
Toronto's foreshore.

While much of recent community discourse has revolved around the multi-storey development planned for Bath Street, council’s Manager for Community Planning Andrew Bryant has called on residents to “have their say” on the entire foreshore plans, and possible additions to them.

“We’ve had a number of consultations in the community in and around Toronto about the Foreshore Master Plan and the Bath Street development, and it’s fair to say there’s mixed views from both sides,” Mr Bryant said.

“The purpose of the consultation is to find out what people want us to do with the $9 million we have to redevelop and improve the entire foreshore area, so we want to hear what the community wants.

“We’ve already had plans about swimming areas, boardwalks and more night-time activation, and there’s been a lot of interesting ideas put forward for these under utilised areas.”

With all these new plans for the foreshore coming to the fore, Mr Bryant explained the Bath Street development “ties it all together”, and believes there’s “no point doing one without the other”.

“The proposed development is something that not only consists of residential and tourist accommodation, but also retail and commercial cafes and restaurants,” he said.

“Although there has been some opposition about the development, there’s been a lot of people in favour because they know it will invigorate the area.

“I think we will see something similar to Newcastle’s surfhouse in recent years, there was a lot of negativity in the beginning but you look at the surfhouse now and people love it.”

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The final pop-up consultation is set to be held at the Toronto Lions Markets on Sunday, September 16.

Suggestions can be made online through submitted surveys at shape.lakemac.com.au/future-toronto until Monday, September 24.