East Gippsland Shire Council has started planned work at the Jemmy’s Point Lookout site in Lakes Entrance, which provides views and walking trails across the Gippsland Lakes area.
The Lookout Road site, known as Rotary Park at Jemmy’s Point in Lakes Entrance, is a grassed park area with some existing infrastructure and is a component of Stage 2 of Council’s Jemmy’s Point Lookout project.
In line with the feedback received as part of previous community engagement, Council is proceeding with improvements to the Rotary Park site, buta large-scale and iconic platform will not be pursued at this time.
Acting Mayor Arthur Allen expressed his enthusiasm for the project.
"We've carefully considered the input of our community members and are committed to enhancing the appeal of Rotary Park, with community insights and feedback taken into consideration," Cr Allen said.
Council contractors have commenced construction of the new all-ability toilets and baby-change facilities, and barbecues. Installation of street furniture and all-ability picnic tables will soon follow.
Landscaping treatments will focus on making the area more usable and enjoyable and we will also improve the parking area and turnaround road.
To further expand the visitor experience for locals and tourists in Kalimna, a loop walking trail linking key attractions in Kalimna - the Scenic Lookout on Hotel Road, Kalimna Jetty to Jemmy’s Point Reserve - will also be delivered under Stage 2 of this project.
The proposed works will improve accessibility and safety for walkers, as well as offer amazing views over the Lakes, the Entrance and the ocean beyond.
The upgrade of the popular walking track from Kalimna Jetty to Jemmy’s Point has already been completed, with a new gravel surface constructed, together with the installation of rock to mitigate further erosion of the shoreline.
New signage and interpretive facilities will provide a more comprehensive and informative experience for visitors.
"We're thrilled to offer a new way for both locals and tourists to immerse themselves in the beauty of Kalimna," Cr Allen said. "This trail will not only provide stunning panoramic views, but also ensure improved safety and accessibility for walkers."
Signage will be installed on Princes Highway from the eastern and western approaches.