Foreshore Precinct Hub

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Foreshore Precinct Hub

Welcome to the Foreshore Precinct Hub.

Here you’ll find all the latest information regarding a number of exciting projects planned for the area, as well as our previous announcements and details on how you can get involved, provide feedback and have your questions answered.

Find all the latest news here regarding the foreshore precinct LATEST NEWS

Our stunning new jetty has prompted a desire to further enhance and reactivate the broader area to capitalise on its newfound popularity.

Current projects include the Summer by the Sea experience and our ongoing Foreshore Master Plan community engagement process.

High usage of the foreshore area – including the jetty, marina, beach, Ada Ryan Gardens and surrounding park areas – has highlighted the importance of sound strategic planning for the ongoing development, maintenance and upgrades to this popular and valuable space.

Features such as retail, hotels, cafes, restaurants, car parking, fish cleaning stations, toilet blocks – as well as other key infrastructure and business uses – are all important elements to a connected community space, and therefore will feature strongly in our upcoming community consultation.

The Foreshore Master Plan will also consider future potential uses of the Whyalla High School site (including associated ovals), as well as linkages to the City Plaza / main street precinct, Hummock Hill lookout, and the area spanning from the existing Foreshore Motor Inn through to the Whyalla Foreshore Holiday and Caravan Park.

Please be sure to check back regularly for ongoing updates.

If you have any feedback, ideas or questions that aren’t addressed on this site, please click here to submit a query to our Customer Service Team here

Projects

Foreshore Master Plan

We are in the very early stages of preparing for our Foreshore Master Plan community consultation process.

We expect to commence extensive community consultation and engagement in February 2021. This will continue throughout the planning phase, which is anticipated to take between 3-6 months.

All of the relevant consultation information will be located here (please check back in February 2021).

Read our latest release here

Summer by the Sea

We want to reactivate the foreshore area for a unique summer experience in 2021.

With the long-term future of the precinct to be guided by community feedback via the Foreshore Master Plan development, we’re trialling a series of pop-up activities over the school holiday and festive period, aimed at encouraging residents to actively engage with the area.

In particular, this will include an increased food offering right across the broader foreshore, as well as increased shade, tables and seating.

We’re keen to hear from the community on what activities you’d like to see on offer as part of the Summer by the Sea experience – you can send your suggestions to council@whyalla.sa.gov.au.

Read our latest release here

Beach Café Closure Overview

Whyalla City Council is aware of community interest in the closure of the Beach Café and is keen to reiterate its reasoning behind the decision.

Council has provided ongoing information on its website and is currently seeking legal advice as to what information it can release publicly without breaching both legal and legislative requirements, ensuring it can be as transparent as possible in this process.

Given the significant community discussion regarding Council’s decision to not renew the existing lease with the current tenant, a public forum will be held on 13 January 2021 (time and venue to be confirmed) to provide an opportunity for a ‘face-to-face conversation’ to be held between Council and the community regarding:

  1. the rationale for Council’s decision,
  2. processes that Council must follow, both under the Local Government Act and as a regulator, and
  3. future options available to Council / the community for this space (noting status quo is not an option)

Below you will find an overview of the key factors leading to the decision, as well as an extensive Q&A in response to a number of queries received.  Further information may be provided once legal advice is received regarding what information Council can release publicly without breaching both legal and legislative requirements.

  • The café portion of the building no longer meets current standards nor complies with current health regulations, and therefore cannot continue to operate without making changes
  • Recent inspections have confirmed an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars would be required to bring the building up to today’s required standards / regulations in order to allow the business to operate on a long-term basis (if it were to continue serving hot food)
  • Given this building is not being used as a community facility, but rather as a business, Council cannot justify using such a significant amount of ratepayers’ funds to invest in an outdated facility
  • As such, the café’s lease will not be renewed and will cease operations on 4 January 2021
  • This is particularly pertinent given the community may identify other priorities for the area through the Foreshore Master Plan consultation process, which is expected to commence in February 2021
  • Should the master plan consultation demonstrate overwhelming support to maintain similar facilities operating from the building, it would still need to be closed for an extensive period (ie 9-12 months) in order for the necessary upgrades to take place
  • This decision is based purely on the condition of the building and is not related to any other factors (ie the lessee, the proposed new hotel)
  • In order to address the loss of catering through the Beach Café, Council has arranged for an extensive food offering across the foreshore precinct through a number of mobile food vans, as well as pop-up activities
  • Council hopes to create a festive atmosphere that caters for all visitors to the foreshore while complementing Whyalla’s stunning new jetty. This will act as a precursor to a broader rejuvenation of the foreshore area
  • A decision as to whether Council should provide a lease for a non-compliant building is not a matter that should involve public consultation - Council has a responsibility both as a landlord and as a regulator, irrespective of community sentiment
  • As a result of a recent inspection, Council is now aware that the building does not meet current building code nor Food Act 2001 standards
  • As a result, council has a legal, moral and ethical obligation to address these non-conformances
  • However, the decision regarding what future uses the community wishes to see on the foreshore, as well as what amount of ratepayer funding should be invested in these facilities, is something that Council should - and will - consult with the community about
  • Council has made - and will continue to make - informed decisions that are best for our city’s future, and will continue to consult with the community wherever appropriate (as is the case with the Whyalla Foreshore Master Plan)
  • Questions & Answers

    Why is the Beach Café being closed?

  • The café portion of the building no longer meets current standards nor complies with current health regulations and therefore cannot continue to operate without making changes
  • Recent inspections have confirmed an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars would be required to bring the building up to today’s required standards / regulations in order to allow the business to operate on a long-term basis (if it were to continue serving hot food)
  • Given this building is not being used as a community facility – but rather as a business – Council cannot justify using such a significant amount of ratepayers’ funds to invest in an outdated facility
  • This is particularly pertinent given the community may identify other priorities for the area through the Foreshore Master Plan consultation process, which is expected to commence in February 2021
  • It is also usual in commercial leases for tenants to have the responsibility for improvements to suit their businesses
  • Why can’t Council make exemptions for a local operator and / or find a way to make it work?

  • Whyalla City Council supports and champions local business, as was evident in the recent jetty construction which prioritised local content
  • However, Council cannot make exemptions to enable a business to operate in a facility that no longer meets current standards / health regulations for this particular type of operation
  • The only way to enable the current operation to continue would be an investment of hundreds of thousands of ratepayer dollars in the building, which Council currently cannot justify
  • Why wasn’t the community consulted before this decision was made?

  • Council has a responsibility both as a landlord and as a regulator. As a result of a recent inspection that found the facility does not meet current required standards to prepare and serve hot food, Council is now aware that the building does not meet current building code or Food Act 2001 standards
  • As a result, Council has a legal, moral and ethical obligation to address these non-conformances
  • Given the facility has been found to not meet current required standards to prepare and serve hot food, the business could not be allowed to continue to operate without changes
  • Council therefore made the decision to not renew the current lessee’s lease, which expires on 4 January 2021
  • Given Council's obligations as a landlord and a regulator, this is not a matter that should involve public consultation
  • The longer-term future of the facility will be considered as part of the upcoming Foreshore Master Plan community consultation, which is expected to commence in February 2021, enabling the public to have their say on their priorities for the area
  • Should the community decide that it would like to see a café / hot food business continue to operate from the building, it would still need to be closed for an extensive period (ie 9-12 months) in order for the necessary upgrades to take place
  • There was a considerable investment made into the café in 2015, so why is the building now non-compliant?

  • The building was not originally constructed to be used as a café. Previous works undertaken were primarily focused on improving amenity, rather than functionality
  • Extensive works are now required to bring the building up to current-day standards for preparing and serving hot food. Some of the major works include:
    • Installing new extractors to allow ventilation, requiring the removal of most of the roof
    • Installing new wall / floor tiles and internal plumbing, necessitating removal of all wall / floor tiles and replacing the floor
    • Erecting more walls to separate cleaning and food preparation activities
    • Creating more storage areas (freezers and other food stuff currently sit outside the café due to a lack of space)
  • Couldn’t the building be used for reduced services (ie not selling hot food)?

  • This would still require maintenance and the use of ratepayers’ money
  • Given the imminent Foreshore Master Planning process, council is refraining from investing in the facility until the community has made it clear how it would like to see it used
  • How is the Surf Life-Saving Club still able to operate out of the building?

  • The Surf Life-Saving Club offers a different service (ie it does not prepare and serve hot food), so there are different standards that apply to their operation
  • Is this being done to make way for the new hotel?

  • This decision is based purely on the condition of the building and is not related to any other factors (ie the lessee, the proposed new hotel)
  • How will council make up for the loss of services as a result of the closure?

  • Council has arranged for food vans to provide an extensive food and beverage offering across the foreshore to address the gap created by the closure of the café
  • Council will prioritise the use of all available local vans and will give them the first opportunity to cater for the area, helping support local employment and possibly leading to the creation of new employment (ie creation / relocation of businesses)
  • Out-of-town vans will only be sourced to complement the local operations and ensure there’s a sufficient offering across the foreshore area
  • Council also aims to create a festive atmosphere at the foreshore, with a sideshow alley, music, entertainment and a host of pop-up activities for families over the coming months
  • What if there’s bad weather given all the facilities will now be outside?

  • Undercover areas, shaded tables and seating will be provided to cater for various weather conditions and ensure the area is accessible / suitable for all
  • It may be possible to use the space within the café for seating and consumption of food (this option is still to be explored further)
  • The café served alcohol – will visitors still be able to purchase alcohol along the foreshore?

  • Council will work with local businesses to see if an area can be established from which alcohol can be purchased
  • What’s Council’s plans after the initial trial of these services / activities?

  • Council will continually review the trial and seek community feedback over the coming months, which will help guide the longer-term plans
  • This is also why residents are encouraged to provide their input into the Foreshore Master Plan consultation early next year to ensure it meets community needs and expectations
  • How long will the Foreshore Master Plan process take and how can I have my say?

  • Council is currently out to market to engage specialist consultant(s) to assist with undertaking the master plan
  • Extensive community engagement / consultation is expected to commence in February 2021 and continue throughout planning phase
  • It is anticipated the master planning process may take between 3-6 months
  • If you would like to submit a response please click here or email council@whyalla.sa.gov.au