An expansion of Vera’s Water Garden with water features stretching from Memorial Park to Picnic Point, that’s the vision Central Coast Mayor, Lisa Matthews, has for the The Entrance foreshore.
The concept will be one of the top projects put forward by the Mayor at a weekend workshop on February 8 and 9, at which councillors and council officers will prioritise funding for various projects in the 20/21 financial year.
“I would like to see an expanded water garden at The Entrance, similar to The Esplanade in Cairns, with different pools, something just for babies and something for the older children,” Cr Matthews said.
“It would be great to see the waterfront become a full-day attraction.
“I’d also like to see tables and chairs put in, maybe a putt putt course, as well as interactive water play for the older kids.
“My long term vision is to see the water garden extended all the way down to Picnic Point, opening up the whole area.
“But we have to start somewhere.
“As for Picnic Point, I’d like to look at how we can create a little beach or something there, along the lines of South Bank in Brisbane.
“I’ve been talking to the locals and it’s obvious that we need to bring in some man made features to make the waterfront more attractive to entire families.”
Cr Matthews said other projects high on her agenda included expanded car parking facilities for the region’s town centres and a resolution for traffic problems in Carters Rd, Lake Munmorah.
The situation on Carters Rd needs urgent attention,” she said.
“There are four schools and a childcare centre all in close proximity along this road and there are terrible traffic issues, especially around the start and finish of school times.”
Interview, Jan 29
Cr Lisa Matthews, Central Coast Mayor
Reporter: Terry Collins