Forster Ocean Baths amenities upgrade

Published on 31 July 2019

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The first stage of the Forster Main Beach Masterplan is kicking off, with works to upgrade the Ocean Baths facilities commencing soon.

After incorporating community feedback into the final designs for the upgrade, work is set to begin from Monday 12 August to upgrade the toilets, change rooms, showers and barbecue shelter.

"We are aware that this very popular area requires careful management during works, so we have planned to complete the work in two stages over the next six months," said Council’s Manager of Community Spaces, Recreation and Trades, Mr Dan Aldridge.

"We're also planning to keep the Ocean Baths open for swimming and the barbecue shelter accessible and available right through this period."

The toilets, showers, change rooms and surrounding area will be fenced off and closed, however temporary toilets will be available on site throughout.

Works will continue right through the October school holidays, with stage one, the completion of new showers, change rooms and toilet block, planned to be open in time for the busy Christmas holidays.

After the January 2020 school holidays are over, work will recommence to demolish the old barbecue shelter and rebuild a brand new shelter.

The works are being completed thanks to funding of $200,000 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and additional Council funds of $250,000.

"This is a very exciting project for our community, the existing amenities are aged and the much-loved Ocean Baths will be transformed by this project," said Mr Aldridge.

From the commencement of Main Beach Masterplan consultation in July 2017, the community has had extensive input into developing the plans for the Main Beach precinct and the first stage Ocean Baths amenities upgrade.