Mackay Regional Council has big plans to overhaul the Seaforth Esplanade into a destination hub. Picture: Mackay Regional Council
Mackay Regional Council has big plans to overhaul the Seaforth Esplanade into a destination hub. Picture: Mackay Regional Council

Unveiled: Council’s plan to overhaul Seaforth Esplanade

THERE are plans to turn Seaforth into a "unique and vibrant recreation hub" through an esplanade overhaul.

Mackay Regional Council's Seaforth Esplanade Master Plan Report identified the town's best assets were the beach and swimming enclosure.

But it said many of the nearby recreation facilities were run down.

The report said the wading pool was leaking and in "poor condition", the playground on Palm Ave was "generic", "dated" and lacked safety, the toilets and beach shower were "dated and unattractive" and the furniture was "a mix of styles and conditions".

The wading pool along Seaforth Esplanade. Picture: Mackay Regional Council
The wading pool along Seaforth Esplanade. Picture: Mackay Regional Council

"The key issue with most of the esplanade's facilities and infrastructure is that they have reached their serviceable life," the report said.

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"It is no longer cost effective to maintain and needs to be replaced and expanded."

The report also said the post office, newsagency, store and ambulance station were more so for "passing traffic rather than somewhere to possibly stop" and nearby locations such as where the weekly markets are held were "disconnected" from the "community hub".

Mackay Regional Council’s plan for Seaforth Esplanade. Check out the gallery below for further details. Picture: Mackay Regional Council
Mackay Regional Council’s plan for Seaforth Esplanade. Check out the gallery below for further details. Picture: Mackay Regional Council

The report said the solution to the "issues" was to replace facilities rather than "maintain in-situ" as well as relocate facilities and supporting infrastructure to create a recreational destination hub "centred on the swimming enclosure".

This would improve "the overall recreation value by providing access to a greater variety of experiences for a greater number of users".

Plans include:

- replacing the wading pool with a zero-depth waterplay facility catering for a "broader range of ages and abilities"

The existing playground facilities along Palm Ave, Seaforth. Picture: Mackay Regional Council
The existing playground facilities along Palm Ave, Seaforth. Picture: Mackay Regional Council

- relocating the playground on Palm Ave to the Esplanade Reserve with the "opportunity to create a playground … offering a highly engaging, fun and varied play experience form challenge and adventure to sensory and social"

- renewing and expanding on the toilet block, beach showers and BBQ and picnic facilities

- improving connection to the camping reserve

One of the existing picnic shelters with access to Seaforth Beach. Picture: Mackay Regional Council
One of the existing picnic shelters with access to Seaforth Beach. Picture: Mackay Regional Council

- creating an events space with access to power, water, toilet and park facilities that could be used for the "weekly markets, mega markets and other events such as the car show and outdoor cinema"

- using the sports grounds for potential events and markets

- reinstating dune vegetation along Elizabeth St

- creating a network of pedestrian and cycle paths including a 'coastal walk' taking advantage of the ocean views with possibilities of extending to Finlayson's Point, the sports grounds, bowls club, school and service station

The existing car park looking west along the centre line of Seaforth Esplanade Road. Picture: Mackay Regional Council
The existing car park looking west along the centre line of Seaforth Esplanade Road. Picture: Mackay Regional Council

- upgrading Palm Ave into a "main street" including signage, pavements, furniture, planting, designated crossings and reduced speed limits

- expanding carparks near the swimming enclosure and community hub

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The deadline for providing feedback to the council on the proposed master plan is September 6.

For more information, visit www.connectingmackay.com.au/seaforth-esplanade?tool=news_feed#tool_tab