Little Manly is getting some much needed attention with Northern Beaches Council set to deliver major infrastructure work next financial year.
Little Manly Point will finally get a toilet block. The $500,000 facility will include a baby change room and be located near the car park. It's a big win for the local community and something I've been calling for for years. Artists impression below
And the old Manly Point playground will be completely reworked. Due to ground contamination, the built footprint can't be increased, however landscaping, Aboriginal artworks and a nature trial will be added. The new design is inspired by the harbour, and the history of the site, including Aboriginal elements and the point's past life as Manly Gas Works. Construction should be finished by the end of the year. Playground design below
More details and the chance to have your say on the toilet and playground plans here.
At the west end of Little Manly beach, dinghy storage will be increased, including storage for an outrigger dragon boat, and repairs will be made to the boat ramp, making use of a $150,000 RMS grant.
Other works already scheduled for the beach, include a new pathway to run outside, rather than through, Ripples cafe; and a section of the seawall to be replaced with wide bleachers, to provide space for sitting and sun baking.
Returning to the 2021/22 infrastructure budget, West Esplanade will get much needed landscaping work and an accessible ramp to the beach. Landscaping and park upgrades will go ahead at Ivanhoe Park and the Council promises to finish building the 36km Coast Walk from Manly to Palm Beach. This is likely to include better access to Queenscliff Headland via a ramp rather than the existing steep flight of stairs.
Manly Cemetery Columbarium will get a $370,000 expansion with landscaping and more niches for funeral urns.
The capital works are part of the Council’s draft operational budget for 2021/22. Have a look at the details here at the Your Say Northern Beaches site.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.