What is a viewing platform?

    A viewing platform, observation deck or observation platform is an elevated sightseeing structure usually situated on an elevated area, they can be seen at places such as mountain tops, high hills or even tall buildings.

    Why build a viewing platform at Port Kembla beach?

    The project is part of Council’s continued upgrade work to the foreshore program from Port Kembla beach, through King George V precinct to MM beach. The viewing platform will provide a meeting place for the community and a further visitor destination for cyclists and pedestrians. The viewing platform with link to the Grand Pacific walk via a flat even path and include shade and improved seating.

    How did the project originate?

    The project is funded under round three of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund (PKCIF). The NSW government established the investment fund as an ongoing program linked to the long-term lease of Port Kembla.

    The fund program aims to activate, enhance and build community amenity in the suburb of Port Kembla.

    Where will the viewing platform be located and how big will it be?

    The viewing platform will be located adjacent to Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club car park off Cowper St, overlooking Port Kembla beach and connected to the Grand Pacific Walk shared path. The size of the viewing platform with shade structure is estimated to be 16 metres long and 7.5 metres wide, it will also include improved seating. The proposed location is a popular look out area for surfers and visitors.

    How much will it cost to design and construct the view platform?

    An indicative costing of $440,000, is allocated for the viewing platform. These funds have been granted to Council through the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund (PKCIF).

    What other works are planned for this location?

    We will also be adjusting the kerb and gutter and carpark levels adjacent to the new viewing platform and providing a new accessible parking space. Planting is proposed to improve shade and amenity within the carpark.

    Will there be any impacts on the environment?

    The environmental impacts of the proposed construction works are being considered in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is currently being conducted.

    When will the viewing platform be completed?

    The viewing platform and associated carpark work is due to be completed by early 2021. Design is set to be completed by January 2020, with construction estimated to start in winter 2020.