Masterplan funding for west esplanade precinct: Manly
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Funding to support the Northern Beaches Council’s development of a masterplan for the West Esplanade Precinct in Manly, including a feasibility study for reinstating the boardwalk and harbour pool, has been provided by the NSW Government, Member for Manly James Griffin announced today.
The project is one of 33 projects across NSW – two in total for Manly – that will share in $2.67 million in grants to provide for the upgrade, expansion, restoration or conservation of locally listed heritage items in towns and suburbs across NSW.
The funding is provided through the Heritage Near Me Activation Grants which target heritage items that are accessible to the public.
“I congratulate Council on their outstanding submission and am delighted to assist them with a $100,000 grant so they can develop their masterplan for the West Esplanade Precinct,” Mr Griffin said.
“I understand the plan will include a feasibility study into reinstating the former boardwalk and harbour pool which graced our shores for many years.”
The masterplan will also seek to rejuvenate the Art Gallery façade on West Esplanade to showcase Manly’s history and heritage.
“I acknowledge the crucial role played by the Northern Beaches Council in managing our local heritage assets and I congratulate Deputy Mayor Candy Bingham who has championed this issue for many years.
“By encouraging the community to use and enjoy our important heritage assets and places we ensure they are valued and protected for future generations.”
Northern Beaches Council Deputy Mayor Candy Bingham welcomed the funding for the masterplan.
"The harbour pool and boardwalk was an icon of Manly until it was destroyed by storms in 1974, and is fondly remembered by those of us who are old enough,” Cr Bingham said.
“Reinstating a beautiful timber boardwalk connecting the two sides of the cove, from the Wharf to Federation Point, and creating an eco-friendly swimming area will be a real bonus for Manly locals and visitors alike.”
Nearly $25,000 has also been provided to the Northern Beaches Council to improve physical and digital access to the historic Manly Cemetery, which includes replacing out-dated cemetery database records and maps with an online search including interactive digital mapping cross referenced to digital images of cemetery monuments for each grave site.
This year marks the third round of Heritage Near Me Activation Grants. Over the three years, a total of $8 million has been awarded to support 107 local heritage projects across the state.
To find out how recipients of previous Heritage Near Me Activation Grant rounds have been protecting, sharing, and celebrating their unique local heritage, go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage-heroes. To read more about the Heritage Near Me program go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage-near-me.
From the Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly
There have been a few schemes and shark-proof pools at Manly over the long long years. A few highlights prior to the 19974 'Sygna Storm' that destroyed the version spoken about above.
PROPOSED NEW BATHS, INNER BEACH, MANLY.
HINTS TO AGRICULTURISTS AND GRAZIERS. (1878, June 15). Illustrated Sydney News and New South Wales Agriculturalist and Grazier (NSW : 1872 - 1881), p. 20. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63334973
Samuel Wood - postcard photonegatives of Manly and Queenscliff, ca. 1928. Image No: a1470 Online, courtesy State Library of NSW
MANLY PIER PROPOSAL.
The Manly Municipal Council has before it a proposal, which was submitted by the Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Co, Ltd, for an enclosed shark-proof bathing pool and pier promenade at West Esplanade The plan pro-vides for an extension of the existing steamer pier in a northerly direction to a point near Fairlight Pool. On the pier, It is suggested, will be a refreshment kiosk, and from It will depend the shark-proof net. The pier will be about 12 feet wide. A picture of the pro-posed structure appears on page 12.
MANLY PIER PROPOSAL. (1931, September 17). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16800178
Few word skirmishes took place then too but the proprietors promise to have it open by Christmas was fulfilled:
MANLY'S NEW POOL
The new Manly shark-proof pool, to which admission is free, was used by big crowds of holiday makers yesterday and today.
Up-to-date dressing accommodation will be available in the New Year, and to this an admission charge will be made. MANLY'S NEW POOL (1931, December 26). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 4 (LAST RACE EDITION). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224280854
TO-DAY - TO-MORROW - SUNDAY.
MAKE EACH A GLORIOUS DAY AT
14 miles of unrivalled Harbour views-Across Sydney's Famous Heads-Surflng on the Cleanest Beach on the Coast-Picnicking under the cool, shady trees at Fairy Bower-Rock Pool Bathing for Kiddies.
NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
PORTION OF MANLY'S SHARK-PROOF ENCLOSURE-AN AREA 850 ft. LONG X 230 FT. WIDE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PADDLERS AND SWIMMERS ON THE CLEANEST, BRIGHTEST, AND BEST BEACH IN PORT. JACKSON.
ABSOLUTELY FREE-NO CHARGE.
MANLY BAND PLAYS ON OCEAN BEACH ON ALL HOLIDAY AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS.
TO-DAY (New Year's Day) commencing 11.30 a.m., GRAND SURF CARNIVAL, ALUMNI CLUB, AT MONA VALE. A TEAM COMPRISING AUSTRALIA'S 8 CHAMPION SURF BOARD MEN, GIVE A THRILLING DISPLAY.
Dancing on the Pier this afternoon and evening. Steam Trains for Kiddles, Miniature Golf.
Steamers for MANLY BEACH leave No. 3 Jetty, Circular Quay, every 15 minutes.
FARES: ADULTS, 6d. CHILDREN, ONE PENNY.
(5 years and,under free.).
Advertising (1932, January 1). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16830855
MANLY'S SHARK-PROOF SWIMMING POOL: A night photo graph of the new shark-proof swimming pool at Manly (New South Wales). Lamps totalling 3, 000, 000 candle-power on area of seven acres. Among the Public Schools DARLOT CUP AFTERMATH. (1932, December 22). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954), p. 18. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37693444
On Sunday 26th of May 1974 a storm alike that we experienced a few years ago recurred:
HOMES. BOATS, BEACHES WRECKED AS GALES LASH COAST. Four deaths in NSW storm (1974, May 27). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110780141
AFTERMATH OF A DISASTROUS WEEKEND (1974, June 12). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article44557918