The Elliott Heads foreshore is sporting a fresh new look with redevelopment work transforming the main street of the popular beach destination.
The project delivered 104 car parking spaces, new and upgraded pathways, safe drop-off zones and new picnic settings.
Turtle-friendly lighting was also incorporated in to the design along with a new viewing deck complete with seating.
More than 3000 new trees and plants and additional grassed areas will further enhance enjoyment of the area.
Mayor Jack Dempsey welcomed completion of the works, which he said provided greater accessibility to the beach and surrounding facilities.
“It’s fantastic to see the people out here enjoying the new projects that have been completed here at Elliott Heads,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“I’ve been talking to visitors from all around Australia who are really complementing Council on the great job that has really brought this area up to a world-class standard.
“It’s the end of the school holidays and people have really enjoyed it.
“Now the community has greater access, particularly for people with disabilities.”
Viewing platform one of the ‘best features'
Divisional representative Cr Scott Rowleson said it was rewarding to see the Elliott Heads Foreshore Redevelopment project completed following extensive community consultation dating back to 2011.
“I think the completed project that people see here in Elliott Heads, the majority of residents will be extremely happy with and extremely proud to call their own,” Cr Rowleson said.
“I think the best features are just the grass covered areas, brand new trees, new shelters.
“Also too our viewing platform, which I’ve already seen people taking panoramic photos from this morning.
“That’s something we didn’t’ have before and we have now, and it’s a fantastic asset for our community.”
New look Elliott Heads welcomed by beach-goers
Another person welcoming the project’s completion was resident Allan Doherty who has lived in the area for 19 years.
He’s a frequent beach-goer, fuelling his love for kiteboarding which he partakes in “whenever it’s windy”.
“They’ve done a terrific job here, improved it for all the public not just us kiteboarders.
“I really love it.”
While the changes mean he can no longer park his car right next to the beach access, he said he loved the new lawn area.
“Having grass and everything here has made a big difference to us [kiteboarders].”