Vision for foreshore's future

FORESHORE PLANNING: Jensen PLUS Director Michael McKeown outlined the consultants' vision for the Whyalla Foreshore at Monday's council meeting.

FORESHORE PLANNING: Jensen PLUS Director Michael McKeown outlined the consultants' vision for the Whyalla Foreshore at Monday's council meeting.

A series of exciting potential additions to Whyalla's foreshore have been outlined during a presentation on the City of Whyalla's Foreshore Master Plan.

It follows co-design workshops held earlier this year where the Whyalla City Council turned to the community to gather their input on what the foreshore precinct should look like in the coming years.

Jensen PLUS Director Michael McKeown outlined the consultants' approach to the plan, and listed a number of facilities, events and activities which could be implemented on the foreshore.

Among the facilities mentioned was a Marine Discovery Centre which could provide residents and visitors the opportunity to learn about marine ecology without having to get into the water.

The centre could include a research/university component as well as a cafe, creating a one-stop shop for the community's marine experience.

The idea of re-locating the maritime museum to the new centre was also floated by Mr McKeown, as was building a new destination caravan park with a swimming pool and water park.

Mr McKeown also suggested installing a mini golf course and cinema to add an entertainment value to the precinct, as well as a residential development featuring small scale retail outlets.

Cr Joanne Marshall suggested installing permanent shipping containers for pop-up cafes, and giving residents the chance to rent them out for business opportunities.

The future use of the Whyalla High School site was considered, as well as linking in the City Plaza/main street precinct and the Hummock Hill lookout.

Mr McKeown said he was in support of the proposed $100 million hotel which will replace the Foreshore Motor-Inn, but that there were other options for hotels, including using the Whyalla High site as a boutique hotel.

Consultation is continuing on the Foreshore Master Plan, with more details expected to be announced in the coming weeks.