Linked walkways from the ferry service, an undercover area, fire pits and Aboriginal inspired artworks.
They all feature in the grand vision for the historic Coal Wharf on Port Macquarie’s north shore.
The plans are being driven by the Northside Progress Association and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council along with supporting grants from state and federal governments.
Association president Kingsley Searle said the plans were designed to improve facilities for locals, benefit visitors and tourists and help stem minor instances of vandalism.
“We want to open up this area for the locals and visitors,” Mr Searle said.
“Our desire is to see more people utilising this particular area of the north shore which in turn benefits locals and visitors. And more usage will also help reduce any instances of vandalism.
“Once completed, these will be quite unique facilities for the benefit of all.”
Mr Searle said controlled activities would also help create a family-oriented area.
The plans include linking a walkway from the Settlement Point ferry to the coal wharf park, installing two fire pits, building an undercover area – with a successful grant from Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker – and taking advantage of the expanded car parking work already undertaken by council.
“We are continually sourcing funding for the different aspects of the plan and also discussing Aboriginal carvings with the local aboriginal land council,” Mr Searle added.
The historic Coal Wharf dates back to early settlement days where ships dumped their loads of fuel coal. The local term black nor’easter comes from the winds whipping up coal dust and pushing it over the settlement.
Mr Searle said the significance of the north shore was not lost on many residents and the planned works would further confirm its historic relevance to the area.
“This will be a great asset to the community, given its close proximity to a littoral rainforest,” he added.
Meanwhile the progress association is continuing to work with council on securing a future boat ramp site for the north shore.
Boaties are currently using a range of ramps – including next to the Settlement Point ferry, and the Hibbard ferry ramp.
“We want to ease congestion on current sites which will give boat users a safe and secure area to launch from,” he said.
“The progress association is scouting for sites now and any feedback from residents would be appreciated.”