Foreshore Connection Improvements At Bayview Open For Comment: new seawall and footpath
Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the works will also provide greater connectivity for local residents and environmental benefits.
“Church Point is the gateway to Pittwater’s offshore communities and a beautiful location for walking, cycling and boating,” Mayor Regan said.
“Improvements to the pedestrian path, which is part of the popular walkway extending from Mona Vale to Church Point, will ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, while upgrades to the seawall will preserve the structural integrity of Pittwater Road.
“We’re working closely with Bayview and Church Point Residents Association to upgrade and improve their local foreshore.”
Photo: Jenny Rosen AM, Secretary of the Bayview Church Point Residents Association, with local member Rob Stokes and Mayor Michael Regan. Image: NBC
Initially the plan was for widening the path along the foreshore from 900mm to 2100mm to minimise the impact on mangroves and potentially provide opportunities for greater habitat.
The $1.2 million project will have significant safety, connectivity and environmental benefits as well as remove existing hazards along the path and minimising the impact on mangroves.
This project has been allocated a $599k grant from the NSW Governments Metropolitan Greenspace Program and through funds allocated by Council.
Local Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said in June the upgrades would help improve green open space along the foreshore.
“This is one of our community's most picturesque foreshore walking areas and this project will help make it safer and more accessible.
“There's been fantastic collaboration between the Community, Council and State Government and it’s great we’ve now secured the funds to progress the works.”
- Establishment of the proposal site and compound site, including erosion and sediment controls
- Clearing of trees on the edge of Pittwater Road to provide access for plant and equipment
- Mobilisation of plant and equipment from landside
- Removal of the existing footpath and retaining wall materials
- Progressive profiling of the existing slope progressively to tie in the new embankment retaining structure. Existing sandstone blockwork would be left in place where possible
- Profiling of the existing foreshore slope, including excavation of existing foreshore sediments to facilitate construction of the proposed footing
- Stockpiling of excavated material onsite and assessment for suitability as foreshore nourishment material. Material considered unsuitable would be trucked to an appropriate disposal or reuse site and may require treatment with lime if found to be potential acid sulfate soils (PASS).
- Use of excavators to place blocks and armour rock along the foreshore. The blocks and armour rock would be delivered throughout the construction from a truck and moved into position using an excavator bucket.
- Removal of erosion and sediment controls, plant and equipment, and materials
- Demobilisation of the proposal site and compound site
- Reinstatement or rehabilitation of the compound site.
- – Up to 0.03 hectares of the Swamp Oak Forest TEC
- – Up to 0.01 hectares of mangroves
- – Up to 0.03 hectares of exotic/non-native vegetation.
a five part Test of Significance under the BC Act was undertaken by Cardno in 2019 for the Swamp Oak Forest TEC, which determined that the removal of up to 0.03 hectares of Swamp Oak Forest is not considered to be significant to the local occurrence of the TEC within and surrounding the proposal site. As such, a Species Impact Statement or entry into the Biodiversity Offset Scheme would not be required for the proposal.