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Eagle Point Foreshore Hub opens featuring modern facilities and a deck overlooking Lake King

Eagle Point Foreshore Hub opens, featuring community meeting rooms, playground, cafe, and lakeside views, enhancing the area into a vibrant meeting place.

By news@gippsland - 9th January 2024 - Back to News

After years of planning, consultation and a weather delayed build, the Eagle Point Foreshore Hub is open and welcoming visitors. This architecturally designed East Gippsland Shire Council facility features two modern community meeting rooms with audio visual equipment, public toilets, a cafe, and a large deck with spectacular views overlooking Lake King. The facility is also the new home of the Eagle Point Caravan Park reception and convenience store, which services park visitors and locals alike.

Eagle Point Foreshore Hub fulfils 2019 Structure Plan goals, offering paths, landscaping, playground, parking, and versatile community-commercial facility

Eagle Point Foreshore Hub fulfils 2019 Structure Plan goals, offering paths, landscaping, playground, parking, and versatile community-commercial facility

Community-inspired landscape

Informed by community feedback, council adopted a natural themed landscaping plan to complement the character of Eagle Point. Large rock is used to define and reinforce elevated differences and extensive plantings of native vegetation encompass the rock to create an enjoyable space for all generations to enjoy.

With improved access to the foreshore and ramps leading to the new adventure playground designed by Enlocus Landscape Architects, the landscaping incorporates relaxed grassed areas, abundant seating and shared pathways. Pedestrians can now travel between the foreshore, playground, pavilion, toilets and the new multi-purpose hub building without needing to cross a road.

Hub creation success

The development of the hub precinct was a direct response to the Eagle Point Foreshore Management Plan, where communities identified the need to upgrade this area, and the creation of a 'hub' was their number one priority.

Funded by a low interest loan from the Victorian government's Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme, federal government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and council, the precinct has transformed the area into a vibrant focal point and meeting place for residents and visitors alike.

Welcoming community hub

Mayor Cr Tom Crook said the project's primary goal was to create a unique and welcoming space. "The Eagle Point Foreshore Hub's design embraces the location's natural beauty, resolves previous accessibility issues, and promotes community wellbeing by providing an inviting space for people to gather and connect," Cr Crook said.

The hub meeting rooms will be available for the community to hire in early 2024. Council is currently seeking expressions of interest for the long-term management and operation of the hub's cafe, which enjoys stunning views across Lake King. The cafe space provides a unique commercial offering in Eagle Point and has been temporarily set up to serve the community over summer.

Cafe transition underway

The cafe will be fitted-out for the new lessee to walk in, apply their own personal touches and commence business. The new kitchen will be positioned in 2024. The Eagle Point Caravan Park team will manage the cafe until a suitable tenant is contracted. The caravan park convenience store offers customers the opportunity to purchase a range of items including ice creams, drinks, bags of ice, bait, fishing gear, and insect repellent.

"Since we have opened the doors to the hub and its facilities, it has already proven to be popular amongst locals and tourists. This spot will be a well-loved community space for many years to come," Cr Crook said.

The Eagle Point Foreshore Hub will be the stunning backdrop for the East Gippsland Australia Day Awards on 20 January 2024; the first of many events to be held at the hub. For more information on the project visit council's YourSay - Eagle Point Foreshore Hub page.

Pictures from East Gippsland Shire Council website.


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