The foreshore reserve stretches from the northern end of Fred Smith Reserve to southern Hastings foreshore, and includes a playground, fitness stations and Western Port’s busiest boat ramp. Hastings foreshore is a much-loved area by residents and visitors. It’s used daily by people exercising, fishing, playing and socialising and is home to occasional large scale events such as concerts and festivals. The Hastings Foreshore Masterplan seeks to support the enhancement of qualities already found and loved.

We would like to thank the community for your valuable contributions throughout the development of the Hastings Foreshore Masterplan. Summaries of what we heard during each round of engagement are provided below.

A copy of the Hastings Foreshore Masterplan will be made available to the community if adopted by Council at the upcoming Council Meeting on 21st February 2023.

Through the nearly 100 responses from our public exhibition of the draft Masterplan in October and November 2022, there were a few themes that stood out:

  • Relocate the Pump Track to the Sports and Games area
  • Expand the Nature Lovers area
  • Improve pedestrian access to the foreshore
  • Provide more seating, gathering and rest areas.

We have revised the Masterplan with consideration of all feedback and maintaining the overall theme of a more attractive, accessible, safe and sustainable Foreshore.

Through the nearly 300 responses from our community from April to June 2022, there were five key themes that stood out:

  • playful destination
  • connected foreshore
  • resilient coast
  • enhanced natural environment
  • collaborative and engaging processes.

Through these key themes, the draft masterplan aimed to shape the future development to provide a more attractive, accessible, safe and sustainable Foreshore.

For a summary of the past responses please refer to our Hastings Foreshore Masterplan Engagement Summary.

The Masterplan also addresses some challenges, such as the Fred Smith Reserve being used as landfill in the 1970s and 80s. Additionally, the foreshore is a low lying coastal area, and much of it could flood during bad storms and king tides, making it vulnerable to coastal hazards such as rising sea levels and erosion.