What is the Minda Coast Park?

    The Minda Coast Park in North Brighton is the last section of the coast park to be built in the City of Holdfast Bay.  The 500 metres long and 4 metres wide path will connect with existing coastal pathways at Repton Road, Somerton Park and Gladstone Road Carpark, North Brighton. 

    The coast park will, for the very first time, provide a continuous coastal pedestrian and cycling pathway along all beaches in Holdfast Bay from Kingston Park in the south to Glenelg North.  It will include a new multi-use public plaza in front of the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club with a large, elevated deck cantilevered over the rock wall, with public seating and spectacular views of the sea.

    What is the coast park?

    Coast Park is a joint initiative between the South Australian Government and six of Adelaide’s metropolitan coastal local Councils.  The intent is to link 70 km of continuous two-way pedestrian and cyclist trail from North Haven in the north to Sellicks Beach in the south. Much of the trail has been completed and has proven a very successful initiative that protects and celebrates the coastal environment while providing significant walking and cycling connections.

    How much did the development of the Minda Coast Park cost?

    The Minda Coast Park is a $5.3 million project.  The project received $4.3 million funding from the State Government's Open Space Grant from the Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure. City of Holdfast Bay has also committed $1 million towards the project.

    When did construction commence?

    The construction began in November 2018. 

    When will construction be completed?

    Construction of the pathway, boardwalks and teh plaza will be completed in September 2019. The completion of revegetation work, public art installation and signage may extend beyond this time. 

    What are the key features of the design?

    The features of the Minda Coast Park includes:

    •   An accessible pathway containing concrete paths and raised boardwalks.

    •   Multi-use public plaza in front of the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club and kiosk area,   replacing the carpark by creating a new open area for community usage. This includes a large, elevated deck cantilevered over the rock wall, with public seating and spectacular views of the sea.

    •   Safety measures to accommodate multiple users in the shared plaza space, including slowing cyclist speed and providing access to surf club and service vehicle access only.

    •   A wider beach ramp in front of the Somerton SLSC, slightly south of the current position, to replace the existing ramp including new protective rock walling.

    •   Increased vegetation and environmental revegetation works along the whole length of the pathway and within the dune system.

    •   A new public educational zone located in the central, rehabilitated area between the primary and secondary dunes, focusing on the indigenous environment and featuring natural plantings, seating areas, a picnic shelter, public art, interpretative signage and outdoor teaching areas.

    •   A central lookout deck providing sweeping views of the coastline.

    •   A new plaza area at the southern end at the Gladstone Road carpark, incorporating seating, a viewing area and a shower next to the existing beach access ramp. The Gladstone Road carpark remains, with some reconfiguration to integrate the transition from the carpark to the Coast Park.

    How are the remnant dunes being protected?

    Part of the construction budget has been committed to protection and revegetation of the remnant dune system at Minda, with provision of a Biodiversity Action Plan. Council developed the plan with renowned Ecologist Dr. Tim Milne and input from the Adelaide & Mt Lofty Natural Resources Management. The Plan both identifies the significant and valuable attributes of the remnant dunes and proposes a plan for removal of weed species, seed collection, propagation, planting and ongoing revegetation works. The aim to remediate after construction, but also use the opportunity to commence ongoing revegetation work to prevent erosion and support biodiversity.

    The Biodiversity Action Plan will see the planting of more than 10,000 native plants in the dunes. 

    Will there be fencing along the edges of the pathway?

    There will be a coast protection fence along both sides of the pathway. This fence will protect the dune system and allow the revegetation to achieve the best results.

    Will there be public artwork incorporated along the pathway?

    Yes. Together Artists Karl Meyer from Exhibition Studios and Allan Sumner from Aboriginal Contemporary Designs have developed a series of artworks that will be incorporated into the Minda Coast Park.

    The ‘Imprints of Time’ artworks will connect to the coastal environment and Kaurna culture and reflect the natural qualities of the Minda site.

    Will there be beach access from the new pathway?

    No. The final designs include a centrally located viewing platform, however the beach access stairway proposed in the concept plan was removed. Unfortunately investigations found that wave action posed an unacceptable risk of damage and/or destruction of the stairway. Beach access will be retained in front of the Somerton SLSC and at the Gladstone Road carpark. 

    Will there be disruption to Surf Life Saving activities?

    The construction schedule has been prepared to minimise the disruption to Somerton Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) activities. The majority of works on the SLSC plaza is being undertaken during Winter 2019. The construction of the new beach ramp and rock wall is being undertaken in close consultation with the SLSC to minimise disruption and maintain beach access. 

    Are the Minda Dunes located on council owned land?

    No. The dunes (up to the beach) forms part of the private land owned by Minda Incorporated. Council has worked together with Minda Inc. to establish an easement for the pathway on their land title. This easement allows Council to construct and maintain the 500 m long and 4 m wide pathway and allow public access once built. 

    How were the Minda Coast Park Plans developed?

    The concept plan and detailed designs were produced by a consultant design team reporting to a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee comprised representatives from Minda Inc (the land owner), the State Government (funder of the design and instigator of Coast Park) and the City of Holdfast Bay (the developer of the Holdfast Bay section of Coast Park).Throughout the design process, key stakeholder groups (particularly clubs and groups with a close association with the area, and relevant state government agencies) provided significant input to the Draft Concept Plan.

    The Minda site incorporates remnant sand dunes, parts of which have been revegetated, featuring important vegetation species. It was, therefore, critical to investigate various ways to provide for public accessibility, ease of use and improved access to the beach while protecting these sensitive areas and ensuring safety and security for Minda residents. The final plans represent a balanced and achievable outcome based on these needs.

    Who was involved in developing the designs?

    The Steering Committee and consultant design team ran a public engagement process and stakeholder engagement including Minda Inc. Board and community, the Somerton Surf life Saving Club; the Surf Life Saving Club’s Kiosk; various State Government agencies (including the Coastal Protection Board, Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board, Office of Recreation and Cycling); Traditional Owners and the City of Holdfast Bay to finalise the plans.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    Richard Jaunay, Project Manager – Implementation (08) 8229 9946 mail@holdfast.sa.gov.au