Source Manly Daily
Clockwise from top left: Warringah Mall, Long Reef Surf Club, Brookvale Oval and Mona Vale Surf Club
Development is considered something of a dirty word these days.
It conjures up images of high-rise, cramped apartments and strained infrastructure.
But here are 10 exciting developments everyone on the northern beaches can get behind.
Artist's impression of Brookvale Oval development
It may have had its issues in recent years, but fortunes appear to be about to change for Brookvale Oval.
In February it was announced the State Government had chipped in $20 million to kickstart the first stage of the ground’s much needed upgrade.
The $36.1 million upgrade will go towards a centre of excellence.
This will be incorporated into a 3000-seat stand at the northern end of the ground.
It will also feature gyms, medical facilities, changing rooms, a hydrotherapy centre and community facilities.
Although club and Northern Beaches Council bosses have been keeping their cards close to their chests, it is expected the upgrade is just the first part
of a wider development.
MONA VALE SURF CLUB
Artist's impression of the proposed Mona Vale Surf Club
The northern beaches is home to some of the finest surf life saving clubs in the country.
And in a few years it will also be home to some of the finest life saving buildings.
Mona Vale’s stunning $6.6 million headquarters was approved in February with building work expected to start in June or July this year.
Building work should take 12 to 14 months making it ready for the start of summer in 2020.
The building looks like something from a Star Wars movie, with big glass windows that display sweeping views out to the ocean.
It will have all the facilities the club will need — as well as a restaurant on the top level.
MANLY ADULT HOSPICE
James Griffin MP has pledged to deliver the hospice
Manly Hospital’s closure was a great loss to the community.
But out of the ashes rises a healthcare phoenix in the way of Australia’s first hospice for young adults.
Put simply, this is going to assist families who are going through the most testing of times.
Modelled on the renowned Bear Cottage, it will provide a place for terminally ill people over the age of 18 and their families to take time out.
It will include a games room, bedrooms and million-dollar views of Collins Beach.
It was one of Manly State MP James Griffin’s key election pledges — and rightly so.
This is arguably the most important development on the northern beaches in a generation.
There is a DA in to improve the rooms above the Steyne Hotel
The impending sale of the Steyne Hotel in Manly is something we can all get excited about.
It is arguably the busiest watering hole on the northern beaches, with a location the envy of pubs across Sydney.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s a fine establishment as it is. But a new owner could take it to the next level.
Yes, it is important to retain the pub’s character but a bit of a makeover could make it one of Sydney’s great pubs.
A recent DA, which was submitted before its sale was publicised, perhaps gives an indication of changes to come.
The proposal is to give the rooms above the pub a major facelift.
Watch this space...
MANLY LIFE SAVING CLUB
Chris Bell pictured out the front of Manly Life Saving Club. Picture: Adam Yip / Manly Daily
There has been plenty of talk about redeveloping Manly Life Saving Club over the years.
Finally it appears there could be some progress.
Last week Tony Abbott announced the Federal Government was putting $5 million towards the new club headquarters.
Now the pressure is on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to put her hand in her pocket.
If she does, the Manly LSC could be well on the way to getting a headquarters worthy of a club of that standing.
Perhaps most exciting about the proposal is the inclusion of a museum, which will feature artefacts and items documenting the proud institution’s history.
An artist impression of the proposed upgrades at Warringah Mall.
Warringah Mall is so much more than just a place to go shopping.
It is a social hub: Somewhere you can meet friends, catch a film or enjoy a meal.
And it is about to get even bigger and better.
Late last year plans were lodged with Northern Beaches Council for a $226 million extension.
The proposal will see the Hoyts Cinema relocated to level three, above the northwest restaurant precinct.
The plans include 418 new parking spaces, taking the total to 5093.
Another 35 food premises would be added, including a number of licensed premises, with room for one major store, 10 smaller ones and 15 speciality retailers
as part of the three-level centre.
On level one the centre’s managers plan to expand the southern end of the food court and a new dining precinct would be created on level two. It would
feature restaurants with seating spaces covered by lightweight metal pergolas.
FORESTWAY SHOPPING CENTRE
An artist's impression of the proposed upgrade to Forestway Shopping Centre.
Warringah Mall is not the only shopping centre getting a makeover.
In December it was revealed Forestway Shopping Centre was the subject of a $114 million proposal which would add an extra 12,000sq m of retail, double
the amount of parking spaces available and create a rooftop “skypark”.
The redevelopment would include two enlarged supermarkets, two large stores and speciality retail on the ground floor with shops, restaurants, a gymnasium,
allied health, commercial offices and child care on level one.
NORTHERN BEACHES HOSPITAL UNDERPASS
The roadworks have been painful for motorists living around the new hospital. Picture: Adam Yip / Manly Daily
If you live near the Northern Beaches Hospital then you have probably endured the worst of the road work chaos over the last few years.
But it is going to be worth it, because once finished it is going to slash travel times.
Some $500 million is being spent on the surrounding road network.
Perhaps most significant is the underpass which will take traffic beneath the hospital.
The 1.3km underpass will feature three lanes in both directions for those travelling east and west.
Transport bosses have said the project could be finished by the end of this year.
It can’t come soon enough.
NORTHERN BEACHES COAST WALK
The Coast Walk will take in many of our area’s most beautiful beaches. Pictured is Whale Beach. Picture: Istock.
We often take it for granted but our coastline along is among the most beautiful in the world.
And what better way to enjoy it than walking along its length.
Northern Beaches Council is in the process of creating the Northern Beaches Coast Walk — a 35.5km track running from Manly all the way to Palm Beach.
It runs along the eastern coastline taking in Curl Curl, Collaroy, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport and Whale Beach.
There is no better way to explore the northern beaches than on foot and we can’t wait for the track to be complete.
LONG REEF SURF CLUB
An artists' impression of the proposed upgrade to Long Reef Surf Club.
Long Reef Surf Club enjoys a picture postcard location. However the building is not so easy on the eye.
That could all be about to change with Northern Beaches Council recently backing the plans.
The $6.3 million project proposal is to build a facility fit for the ever growing club.
It will incorporate a gym, training rooms, a function room, kitchen, storage room and a cafe.
Work could start as early as this winter.