SIX Scarborough community members have been selected for an advisory group on the $75 million foreshore re-vamp.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said she appointed the members to provide local input into road extensions proposed in the Scarborough Master Plan.
Local environmental groups boycotted the advisory panel due to the planned road extensions, which they say will adversely affect two Bush Forever dune sites.
“I am pleased to invite these six residents, business owners and environmental representatives to work alongside the Government and the City of Stirling to help in planning and designing the north and south extensions of The Esplanade,” she said.
Mrs Faragher said the construction was “well under way” with the demolition of the surf club and community centre complete and the appointment of a lead contractor expected in the coming weeks.
“Major foreshore works will start in September and the first new beachfront destination Sunset Hill is expected to open in mid-2017,” she said.
The road extensions are expected to require a further 18 months to two years of planning and approvals as they are not part of the present works scope.
“There was a strong response to the call for nominations and I’m confident the input from the community advisory group will help deliver the best outcomes for the redevelopment of Scarborough,” Mrs Faragher said.
SCARBOROUGH REDEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERS
North Metropolitan Region MLC Liz Behjat – chairwoman
Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority representative James Hewitt
Mark Irwin, councillor, City of Stirling
Wayne Bowen, chairman, Scarborough Beach Association
Rae Kolb, convenor, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare group
Mike Banning, Scarborough resident
Trisha Lee, chairwoman, Scarborough Primary School board
Greg Tate, Scarborough resident
David Bryant, retired principal and surf club member