Check out the Short Point plan

If you have an interest in Short Point, Merimbula, how it looks now and how that might change with council’s master plans there is an opportunity to discuss the plans in situ on Thursday afternoon 3-4pm, May 18.

Councillor Mitchell Nadin wants everyone with an interest in the area to come along to the drop in session, see the plans and offer their views.

Simply turn up between 3-4pm at Short Point to have your say.

Cr Nadin said it was an opportunity for the public to see the current plan and see it in context.

“It’s one thing to see these plans in 2D but quite another to look at them in the place where changes will be made,” he said.

The brakes were put on the existing master plans for Short Point when Cr Nadin raised the issue at the council meeting April 5 after detailed plans to upgrade the viewing platform at Short Point were released as part of the Short Point Coastal Accessibility Master Plan.

The current platform is over 10 years old and identified in a condition report as needing attention.

Almost three-quarters of the funding ($30,000) was set to come from the state government with the remaining 25 per cent coming from council.

Cr Nadin said that the works represented a major overhaul for the aged deck, and included replacing much of the surface timber, some of the sub-structure, other additions, and the construction of a roof.

But he said that the design could have a substantial impact on views from the car park for local surfers, “many who believe the platform is fundamentally in the wrong place”.

He believes there is an opportunity to move the structure to a more appropriate place along the cliff face especially as there is no rush to implement the plan.

Cr Nadin has put forward some alternative designs, produced by Melbourne-based architect, Clinton Murray.

Simon Eakin from Spiire Landscape Architects will also be available at Short Point for questions and discussion.