People walking, cycling and pushing prams along Scarborough beach foreshore
16 January 2014

Community reviews Scarborough beach

  • Scarborough

Almost 3,000 people have had their say on the future of Scarborough’s beachfront.

The Scarborough Views website attracted a wide range of feedback with a number of big ideas including a skate park, wave pool, water play area, cycling trails, markets and a big screen.  

Planning Minister John Day said the MRA would now consider the community’s feedback in the development of the Scarborough Master Plan.

“While most submissions agreed that the beach had a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and was well utilised, the area was not living up to its potential,” Mr Day said.

“Community support was high for simple things like more shade, seating, BBQs, pedestrian promenades and hire equipment such as bicycles, umbrellas and deck chairs.

“On a larger scale, people also want to see major attractions like a skate park, a water play area and a bigger range of cafes, bars and restaurants and regular activities and entertainment including music, performers, outdoor films and markets.”

Planning authority for the new 100 hectare Scarborough Redevelopment Area is now in the process of being transferred from the City of Stirling to the MRA, with the interim redevelopment scheme now open for public comment.  

The Minister said the Scarborough Master Plan would build on the improvements that were currently being made to make the beach one of Australia’s best beachfront destinations by 2017.

“Many local residents are already enjoying Scarborough’s renaissance with new businesses moving into the area and an exciting summer events program,” he said.

“In February and March, free Wi-Fi will be installed along the beachfront, along with a public art piece honouring the area’s surf lifesaving history. Feature lighting will also illuminate the clock tower in the heart of Scarborough every evening, adding to the vibrancy of the area.”

Fact File

  • The $60million Scarborough revitalisation will be delivered by the MRA, in collaboration with the City of Stirling
  • Master Plan to be finalised by mid-2014, with major works to commence shortly after
  • The interim redevelopment scheme is available on the Public Comment page or for viewing at the MRA Scarborough office. Comments can be submitted online or in writing until March 18, 2014

Scarborough Views - A snapshot of the survey results

The best things about Scarborough (top 5)

The beach

  1. Relaxed lifestyle and quality of life
  2. Walking and cycling paths
  3. Natural environment
  4. Cafes, restaurants, pubs  

Room for improvement (top 5)

  1. Range and quality of food and beverage outlets
  2. People and activity at night
  3. Social atmosphere
  4. Facilities such as seats, shade, shelter, water fountains
  5. Retail   

Room for improvement – facilities (top 5)

  1. Improved shade and amenities eg seating, water fountains, BBQs
  2. Hire equipment for recreation such as bicycles, surfboards, umbrellas
  3. Informal seating, moveable furniture, deck chairs
  4. Free WiFi
  5. Change rooms and toilets    

Room for improvement – shopping and dining (top 5)

  1. Cafes, casual dining
  2. Small bars, pubs
  3. Family restaurants
  4. Food vans
  5. Upgraded shopping centre                   

Room for improvement – things to do (top 5)

  1. Markets
  2. Outdoor films
  3. Events and festivals
  4. Regular activities and entertainment including music, games, performers
  5. Public art

Room for improvement – infrastructure (top 5)

  1. Pedestrian promenades, malls
  2. Boardwalks
  3. Improved pedestrian pathways and connections
  4. Improved landscaping
  5. Beach lighting