Major Recreational Works Complete

Published on 03 July 2018


Marine Terrace Coastal Pathway

The last section of the Marine Terrace Coastal Pathway is now open to the public. The shared pathway provides the missing link through the Burnie CBD from the Oakleigh Overpass near Spring Street to the Waterfront Precinct.

The cantilever section from Cattley Street north to the Cinema was completed by Fairbrother last Thursday and Council staff are now landscaping the area. The $1.65M project began in December last year and includes a 2.6 m wide pathway with a water fountain and seating opposite Greens Hotel as well as a lookout to Burnie Port near the Cinema. Marine Terrace was narrowed to achieve space for the pathway and pre-cast concrete beams cantilever over the basalt columns to support the path.

Keith Price, the Chairman of Safer Roads for Cyclists, has played a pivotal role in the progression of the pathway and said “The new Marine Terrace path is yet another link towards creating the Coastal Pathway and more immediately offers an exciting opportunity for family walkers, joggers, recreational cyclists and the general public to share a safe and interesting environment.”

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said “Council would like to thank the public for their patience during the project in which traffic direction and access was interrupted for several months; we look forward to this important community asset being utilised so we can all take advantage of the wonderful views and environment which assists with healthy lifestyle outcomes.

“This work forms part of the long term ‘North West Coastal Pathway’ strategy, which when complete will connect the communities of the North West Coast of Tasmania from Wynyard through to Latrobe, covering approximately 110 km of shared walking/cycling pathways.

“Council is currently working on the planning and design phase of the Coastal Pathway west of Cooee to Wynyard in partnership with Waratah Wynyard Council and works are expected to start on that project in the new year.

“We are creating a great place to live, work and play through building stronger communities and promoting a broad range of quality leisure and recreational opportunities. These values are consistent with our community strategic plan Making Burnie 2030 that we are working toward.”


South Burnie Breakwater Reconstruction

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said “The rock breakwater at the South Burnie Beach outer jetty is now complete and the public have enjoyed their first weekend utilising this fantastic structure.”

The works began in early April to reconstruct the structure after it was significantly damaged in the June 2016 Floods.  The $300,000 project was part funded by a grant for Marine and Safety Tasmania and the Tasmanian Flood Recovery Fund. 

The structure has been extended a further 10 m to the west to provide additional protection for boat launching and retrieving, and in particular will assist Tasmania Police and Emergency Services activities.

Over 10,000 tonnes of rock have been imported and placed by Groves Earthmoving to provide the community with a breakwater to withstand greater than 1 in 100 year storms. 

The project includes a larger carpark area to service disabled and short term parking and the existing solar powered light will be relocated in the next few weeks to free up maneuvering space. 

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said “Council thanks all the users and boating community for their patience during the reconstruction works.”

 by Mayor Alvwyn Boyd

Photo: Chelsea Gunn, Shevonne Emery, Jessica Cox-Patchin, Lyn Dunn, Clinton Malley and Jack Evans from Multicap checking out the new Coastal Pathway. Picture: Brodie Weeding.