Work will start on the replacement of the Lake Pertobe Adventure Playspace on January 31 and on Edwards Bridge on February 1.
The Lake Pertobe project will create a challenging, exciting playspace with a greater variety of equipment for children to play on, planting that will provide more shade and shelter and additional all-abilities equipment.
The playspace at the south-east corner of Lake Pertobe will include a 9m climbing tower, water play area, swings, a cubby, sand play spaces and agility challenges.
The design emerged from community consultation undertaken over 2017 and 2018 that led to the development of the Lake Pertobe Master Plan.
“Lake Pertobe is a treasured space and created in the 1970s by a visionary Council and Council engineers,” Mayor Cr Richard Ziegeler said.
“In the decades since, continual improvements have been made and through the Building Better Regions fund Council has an opportunity to transform the playspace in a way that will help ensure Lake Pertobe remains a wonderful drawcard for residents and visitors over coming decades.”
While work is under way – expected to take six months - the playground area and adjacent barbecues will be fenced off.
The nearby public toilets and Changing Places facility will remain open.
Construction will be done by Landstruct which will use local contractors and materials where possible.
The $2.9 million Lake Pertobe upgrade is being funded in equal parts by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and Warrnambool City Council.
The playground is a component of the upgrade which has so far seen the construction of more all-abilities paths and will include a new toilet block at McGennan Car Park and a walking trail which will acknowledge the environment and culture of the space.
Edwards Bridge will close from February 1 to allow for a complete replacement.
“After undertaking work in recent years to keep the bridge operational in the immediate term, it’s fantastic that the much-needed work on a full replacement of the 19th century structure is about to begin,” Warrnambool City Council Chief Executive Officer Peter Schneider said.
“Closing one of two roads to the foreshore precinct for this length of time is never ideal, but the bridge has to be replaced and the bridge and playspace projects have been scheduled to avoid the peak summer activity.
“We’ve been in regular contact with nearby residents and businesses as well as emergency services and transport companies. They are all aware of the bridge’s upcoming closure and have planned accordingly.”
The new bridge will be able to carry heavy vehicles and will have dedicated bike lanes and footpaths on both sides.
The budget for Edwards Bridge is $4.6 million, with Council having successfully applied for $2 million in grant funding via the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Once complete, the new Edwards Bridge will be expected to be in service into the next century.