Coastal plan hails potential of Peterborough

Peterborough, described in a draft masterplan as “an idyllic playground”, is listed for a local history museum, upgraded boat ramps and an extended golf course.AN extension of Peterborough’s golf course, a pedestrian-focused town green in Port Campbell and an eco-adventure hub in Princetown are among the bold visions outlined in a draft masterplan to boost tourism numbers on the Shipwreck Coast.

Peterborough, described in the plan as “an idyllic playground”, is also listed for a local history museum.

The document, which is out for a month of public scrutiny before being adopted, proposes better connections to nearby coastal parks and a revamp of the foreshore area, including ramps and decks to the Curdies inlet and Newfield Bay.

Irvine Road and Irvine Street have been listed for new north-south tree plantings, a cluster of recreation uses including wetland boardwalks and small-scale accommodation including a local café/provedor.

A town green is proposed to edge the south-east end of Irvine Road with a visitor pod, transport stop, bike share base and play and picnic facilities facing the beach.

“There is also potential for private-sector investment with an extension to the golf course if the land becomes available,” the plan says.

“Extension of the golf course will provide an opportunity for a new clubhouse to be established in a north-facing and relatively wind protected location close to the Curdies inlet which will in turn support existing and proposed accommodation offers.” Upgraded boat ramp facilities and a deck with multi-season bar/café are also in the plan.

Port Campbell is described as the historic heart of the Shipwreck Coast and is proposed as the head link with trails looping east and west.

The southern end of Lord Street is proposed for a “town green”.

“The green presents a unique opportunity to achieve a wind-protected, sun-filled space with opportunities for seating, shade and beach-edge views coupled with a retail edge,” the plan says.

A pedestrian-friendly main street would be encouraged.

“An opportunity exists for further private sector tourism investment near the rifle range or Two Mile Bay,” the plan says.

The Parks Victoria office would be moved to the depot and be replaced by a public transport park and ride hub which would also have a visitor centre.

In Princetown proposed new recreation attractions include boardwalks, viewing hides, a kayak/canoe and bicycle hub and a trail loop to the Glenample Homestead.

New trails, lookouts, access steps and pedestrian and bicycle bridges over the Sherbrook River are proposed along with a visitor pod on the Great Ocean Road.

The draft masterplan is available on the shipwreckcoastyourplan website.

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