Erskine River Master Plan
Erskine River Master Plan, establishes a long-term vision and plan to guide the future use and development of the Erskine Peninsula Precinct and Erskine Paddock Landscape Plan in Lorne over the next ten years.
Great Ocean Road Coast has committed $65,000 in 2016-17 to upgrade the Erskine River Precinct. The Erskine River Projects are comprised of two elements, the Erskine Paddock Landscape Plan and the Erskine Peninsula Project.
The Erskine Peninsula incorporates the southern bank of the Erskine River, Swing Bridge Café and is bounded to the east by Louttit Bay ocean beach and to the south by Erskine Paddock. This zone forms an important pedestrian link across the iconic Swing Bridge and along the beach connecting North Lorne to Lorne Central.
In 2014 the Erskine River Precinct Master Plan, established a long-term vision and plan to guide the future use and development of the Erskine River Precinct in Lorne over the next ten years. The plan incorporated three phases of community consultation and feedback fromother stakeholders.
Erskine Peninsula Project
The Erskine Peninsula Project aims to deliver Actions E3-E5 from the Erskine River Precinct Master Plan to Zone E (pg 29 of the master plan).
The plan aims to maintain/increase the current number of parking spaces and separate vehicles from pedestrians along the busy section of the vehicle turn around near Swing Bridge. The landscape plan will provide further public amenity through the use of reconfigured picnic tables, additional seating, opening up river views and intermittent planting.
Erskine Paddock Landscape Plan
This project arose through a group of concerned Lorne community members - primarily parents using the Erskine Paddock playground and surrounding area with their children. Due to the poor view lines and numerous hiding places around the site’s perimeter, community members were concerned about children’s safety in the heavily treed area.
The draft concept aims to maintain open space and the existing landscape character, consistent with the Erskine River Precinct Master Plan, but also update/improve this local park area for daily use. Some of the proposed elements include; replacing the ageing play equipment and old bike path with nature based play features; installing new BBQ, picnic and other seating; and landscaping around the perimeter.
View the photos of the existing landscape via our Facebook page here.
The draft concepts for both the Erskine Peninsula and Erskine Paddock projects will be released for community information and consultation over summer. Feedback from the community will be gathered over January and February 2017, and provided to the consultant landscape architect for consideration in finalising design concepts.