The first stage of the Forster Main Beach Masterplan is progressing on time and budget, according to MidCoast Council's community spaces, recreation and trades manager, Dan Aldridge.
Construction is currently underway on the new amenities building at Forster's Ocean Baths, or 'the Bull Ring' as it's known locally, which will see some parts of the facility unavailable for public use during the upcoming holiday period.
"While the Ocean Baths are open for swimming during these school holidays, some of the surrounding lawns and the amenities have been fenced off while we build the toilets, change rooms and showers," Mr Aldridge said.
"Temporary toilets and an outdoor shower and two dual barbecues are available at the site, so holiday makers can still enjoy one of Forster's most popular spots."
The old toilet block and change rooms at the site have already been demolished, and construction of a new slope-stabilising retaining wall has also been completed.
Mr Aldridge said council had expected some possible delays to arise during this initial phase of the upgrade, but so far everything had gone to plan which meant the new facilities were scheduled to open in December in time for the busy holiday period.
"We will remove the fencing and open the whole site for the Christmas and January period, and the new toilets, showers and change rooms will be available for public use," he said.
Following this, the existing barbecue facilities will be demolished in February 2020 and new barbecues and an accessible structure will be put in closer to the new amenities building.
The site of the existing barbecue shelter will be converted into a lawn space with shade trees.
The project has been made possible thanks to funding of $200,000 from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund and additional council funds of $250,000.
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