Jemmy's Point Lookout Development

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Jemmy's Point Lookout, Kalimna (Lakes Entrance)

Jemmy’s Point (Kalimna, Lakes Entrance) is a lookout area that provides spectacular 270-degree panoramic views of the Gippsland Lakes, the entrance, Bass Strait and 90 Mile Beach.

Earlier this year, multiple concept designs for a new lookout experience at the Lookout Road site were developed. Your feedback is welcomed - please take the survey. Initial designs focused on providing an all abilities user experience taking advantage of the views. These plans were shared with stakeholders including councillors, the project control group (representing eight organisations) and a community panel (nine residents and business and community leaders).

Council is building new tourism infrastructure with a view to modernise the visitor stop-over viewing and interpretive facilities at this location, transforming the precinct into a significant tourist destination.

The project is positioned across two sites approximately 400 metres apart linked via roads and a walking track and will be completed in two stages.

Stage 1 – Hotel Road Site

The Hotel Road site is immediately adjacent to the Princes Highway. The site comprises of recently upgraded bitumen car parking and associated landscaped garden beds.

The original timber lookout platform has been removed and the new lookout modern but modest all abilities accessible pedestrian viewing platform is nearing completion.

Stage 2 - Lookout Road Site

The Lookout Road site is accessed on a bitumen sealed road with turning loop off Lookout Road and is situated adjacent to an existing grassed park area (Rotary Park) with some existing infrastructure.

An iconic new all abilities accessible pedestrian viewing platform will be constructed at this site. In parallel the Masterplan for the open space and other facilities within Rotary Park is being updated.

Other works across both sites will include signage and interpretive facilities to provide a more comprehensive and informative experience for visitors. Signage will be installed on Princes Highway directing people to the viewing platforms from eastern and western approaches.

Project control group:

* Lakes Entrance Action and Development Association

* Regional Roads Victoria

* Gippsland Ports

* Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

* GunaiKurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation

* Marine Safety Victoria

* Disability Advisory Committee

* East Gippsland Shire Council

A small community panel of residents and business leaders from Lakes Entrance has been engaged in consultation in the Stage 2, Lookout Road Site. Please click on the photos on the right of screen to see the concept work.

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Jemmy’s Point (Kalimna, Lakes Entrance) is a lookout area that provides spectacular 270-degree panoramic views of the Gippsland Lakes, the entrance, Bass Strait and 90 Mile Beach.

Earlier this year, multiple concept designs for a new lookout experience at the Lookout Road site were developed. Your feedback is welcomed - please take the survey. Initial designs focused on providing an all abilities user experience taking advantage of the views. These plans were shared with stakeholders including councillors, the project control group (representing eight organisations) and a community panel (nine residents and business and community leaders).

Council is building new tourism infrastructure with a view to modernise the visitor stop-over viewing and interpretive facilities at this location, transforming the precinct into a significant tourist destination.

The project is positioned across two sites approximately 400 metres apart linked via roads and a walking track and will be completed in two stages.

Stage 1 – Hotel Road Site

The Hotel Road site is immediately adjacent to the Princes Highway. The site comprises of recently upgraded bitumen car parking and associated landscaped garden beds.

The original timber lookout platform has been removed and the new lookout modern but modest all abilities accessible pedestrian viewing platform is nearing completion.

Stage 2 - Lookout Road Site

The Lookout Road site is accessed on a bitumen sealed road with turning loop off Lookout Road and is situated adjacent to an existing grassed park area (Rotary Park) with some existing infrastructure.

An iconic new all abilities accessible pedestrian viewing platform will be constructed at this site. In parallel the Masterplan for the open space and other facilities within Rotary Park is being updated.

Other works across both sites will include signage and interpretive facilities to provide a more comprehensive and informative experience for visitors. Signage will be installed on Princes Highway directing people to the viewing platforms from eastern and western approaches.

Project control group:

* Lakes Entrance Action and Development Association

* Regional Roads Victoria

* Gippsland Ports

* Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

* GunaiKurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation

* Marine Safety Victoria

* Disability Advisory Committee

* East Gippsland Shire Council

A small community panel of residents and business leaders from Lakes Entrance has been engaged in consultation in the Stage 2, Lookout Road Site. Please click on the photos on the right of screen to see the concept work.

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Consultation has concluded
  • What’s your view on Jemmy’s Point stage two?

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    17 August, 2020
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    What’s your view on Jemmy’s Point stage two?

    It’s time to have your say on the design concepts and development of the Jemmy’s Point Lookout experience off Lookout Road, Lakes Entrance.

    Plans for stage two of the project are very conceptual and the ideal time for the community to share their thoughts on this East Gippsland Shire Council-led project.

    General Manager Assets and Environment Fiona Weigall said feedback in this early stage of the project can include feedback support, sentiment or expectations relating to scale of the overall development.

    “Earlier this year, multiple concept designs for a new lookout experience at the Lookout Road site were developed. Initial designs focused on providing an all abilities user experience taking advantage of the views. These plans were shared with stakeholders including councillors, the project control group (representing eight organisations) and a community panel (nine residents and business and community leaders),” Ms Weigall said.

    “We heard from these stakeholder groups that the second location had more to offer than the initial plans provided. There was feedback that the site needs to provide for a fantastic visitor experience, a great local community outcome and potentially a commercial venture taking advantage of the beautiful location.

    • Feedback suggested that the new lookout platform should be:
    • A linear shape maximising viewing opportunity
    • Cantilevered and soaring, providing an exciting visitor experience
    • Provide elevation gain while still providing all abilities access

    Ms Weigall said the stage two new designs present a well-considered concept plan for the site and demonstrate how various levels of development can be incorporated into the lookout structure.

    The updated plans demonstrate various scales of development around a similar shaped structure. The updated plans also incorporate a draft concept master plan for improvements to the open space within the broader site.

    “The concepts designs developed by Land Design Partnership and Watson Architecture are based on a similar core shape and theme, they do explore various levels of development and the inclusion of potential future commercial opportunity at the site. These vary from very modest to quite elaborate developments and uses,” Ms Weigall said.

    “Now it’s over to the community to provide feedback and provide Council with a sense of the community sentiment and support around the extent of development at Lookout Road.”

    Feedback is open from Monday, August 17 to Friday, September 4 online at Council’s Your Say page https://bit.ly/3135JvI or by calling 5153 9500 and completing the survey over the phone.

    Stage one is nearing completion at the prominent Hotel Road site adjacent to the Princes Highway, providing a lookout with a modern design focused on an all abilities user experience while taking advantage of the incredible views over the Gippsland Lakes and beyond.

    The project is funded by Council and the Commonwealth Government.

  • Hotel Road Site - Lookout Design Finalised

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    01 November, 2019
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    Following a review of the feedback and survey results received during the community consultation in September, Council can share the final designs for the lookout on the Hotel Road site.

    Based on the survey results there was overwhelming support for the use of timber as the screening material and this has been incorporated into the design.

    Feedback received from the community on the height of the screen didn’t have a strong preference one way or another. Land Design Partnership (Council’s designers) have conducted additional modelling to show the perspective of the lookout from the roadway. This was done to ensure that the sense of arrival into Lakes Entrance was not negatively impacted. This was then presented to the Project Control Group, which consists of key stakeholders and community representatives.

    Details of the when works will start at the Hotel Road site will be communicated in the near future.

    The design work for stage two of the project (the Lookout Road site) is expected to commence early in 2020.



  • View the Jemmy’s Point concepts - 6 September 2019

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    06 September, 2019

    Concept designs for the new Jemmy’s Point Lookout, which will capture the panoramic views of the Gippsland Lakes and beyond, are now open for public feedback.

    East Gippsland Shire Council this week received the concept designs for stage one from its consultant, Land Design Partnership.

    The four concept designs are now available on council’s Your Say website for feedback until September 13, or available by contacting council. The project control group and councillors are also being briefed on the concepts.

    Council’s General Manager Assets and Environment Fiona Weigall said the consultation period is short to meet a pre-Christmas project completion deadline for stage one, known as the Hotel Road site – where there is an existing lookout structure.

    “The architects have explored design options based on circular geometry. This has provided not only a number of interesting design outcomes, but also proves to be highly efficient in terms of structure, areas of cladding materials and use of space,” Ms Weigall said.

    “The loop concept has unimpeded access and the same experience for all. That was a priority.

    “The loop concept is the most efficient form to place within the footprint of the existing site allowing the maximum length of travel and therefore having the opportunity for more people to share the experience at once. It’s also highly conducive to the panorama, where one will never need to turn their back to the views.

    “In direct contrast to the outward views, the loop with its southern half projecting beyond the escarpment by default creates an internal and focused space that’s proposed for use by Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation to celebrate local indigenous culture.”

    Proposed for consideration are two variations in the pathway: a simpler concentric geometry and another more complex spiral plan. Onto both bases, a vertical screen of varying heights and densities have been explored. These simply but effectively give the structures a variety of forms, textures and possible colours.

    Ms Weigall said initial feedback yesterday from the project control group has been very positive.

    “There was certainly a sense that the concept creates opportunities for the community and visitors, and provides a significant improvement in terms of design, appearance and accessibility,” Ms Weigall said.

    “The proposal will also not block views for passers-by in vehicles. The views of the Gippsland Lakes and beyond will remain for that ‘sense of arrival’ as you enter Lakes Entrance from the west. There will also be no loss of parking with the proposed design.”


  • Look out for Jemmy’s Point activity - 2 September 2019

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    05 September, 2019


    East Gippsland Shire Council has set itself an ambitious target of having stage one of the Jemmy’s Point Lookout development complete before Christmas, in time for the traditional busy Lakes Entrance summer holiday season.

    The project will capitalise on the lookout area that provides spectacular 270-degree panoramic views of the Gippsland Lakes, the entrance, Bass Strait and 90 Mile Beach.

    Mayor Cr Natalie O’Connell said the new viewing and interpretive facilities will transform the precinct into a significant tourist destination.

    To have a new lookout accessible by Christmas, Cr O’Connell said Council had decided to complete the project in two stages, defined as the Hotel Road site and the Lookout Road site. The two sites are about 400 metres apart and linked via roads and a walking track.

    “The Hotel Road site is the first and more minor component of the two-stage development. It is immediately adjacent to the Princes Highway where there is an existing small timber lookout platform surrounded by bollards,” Cr O’Connell said.

    “This will be demolished and replaced with a modern but modest all abilities accessible pedestrian viewing platform.

    “Due to our tight timeframe, we have secured landscape architecture firm Land Design Partnership to develop design concepts for the viewing platform and associated surrounding landscaping, pavements and drainage at this site.

    “The firm has experience with delivering high-profile metropolitan projects and has also worked for our council on the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre and designs for the Paynesville and Cann River streetscapes. We are confident the architects will develop concept designs that are true to the iconic landscape.”

    A project control group has been established and consists of representatives from Lakes Entrance Action and Development Association, Regional Roads Victoria, the Office of Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, Gippsland Ports, Marine Safety Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Council.

    “Key work to date with this group has been around permitting and approval requirements and support, and discussions around existing access/egress/intersection and what may need to be done to address increased traffic to the Lookout Rd Site. This group will form a critical part of the project,” Cr O’Connell said.

    The timeline for stage one will now include three concept designs being presented to Council by early September. These will be reviewed by Council and consultation with the project reference group undertaken. Council will confirm the selected concept before the end of September and make the design public.

    “Council has indicated its preference to minimise site construction works by adopting an offsite assembly and modularisation approach where practicable. Works may not be visible until November, however the stage one lookout platform construction is anticipated to be complete in December,” Cr O’Connell said.

    Stage two construction next year:

    Stage two is the Lookout Road site and it’s intended to be the major tourist destination when complete in late 2020.

    “An iconic new all abilities accessible pedestrian viewing platform will be constructed at this site, situated adjacent to an existing grassed park area (Rotary Park) with some existing infrastructure,” Cr O’Connell said.

    The stage two design tendering process is expected to commence late this year.

    Other works across both sites will include signage and interpretive facilities to provide a more comprehensive and informative experience for visitors. Signage will be installed on Princes Highway directing people to the viewing platforms from eastern and western approaches.

    The project has a budget of $1.5 million, with equal contributions from Council and the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.