Crown Prince opens refurbished Serasa Beach
THE Serasa Beach is now open to the public after receiving a $3.45 million facelift with new facilities and an expanded area for recreational activities.
His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, opened the Serasa Beach yesterday following the completion of its six-week beautification project.
The beach now has an entrance for vehicles, along with a separate pathway for pedestrians, parking lots, cycling lanes, a surau, public toilets, children’s playground, landscaping and a garden.
Visitors can also browse through the products and items on sale at the new 40 stalls set up at the beach.
Minister of Development YB Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said the Public Works Department and Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation would maintain the beach.
“As for the cleanliness, we hope the public and users will look after the beach together with us. We cannot do it by ourselves without the help of the public.
“Hopefully if the public knows how to take care of the beach, we will be encouraged to do similar things on other beaches.
Speaking to reporters, he said the ministry is manually collecting rubbish at the moment.
“Unfortunately, we still have to find a way to prevent rubbish from being swept ashore. We have ask our contractors to clean up, but we do not think that is a good way in the long run.
“We are in the process of buying machines to help us clean the beaches. Of course, we will be using other methods such as netting to prevent the rubbish from being swept ashore. We will do that immediately,” he added.
The minister further said security guards are posted to ensure the safety of beach users.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said they will also be installing signboards to remind beachgoers to be cautious.
“We have not thought about lifeguards yet, that is one thing that we should work on (actually). We will do whatever we can,” he said.
The minister also raised the possibility of limiting the number of cars entering the beach, as only 90 parking spaces are available.
“Maybe we will not allow cars to enter on certain days as an experiment (first). Because we do not want people to drive through the beach and disturb the peace of other beachgoers and (ensure the safety) of people and children playing around the beach,” he said.
To facilitate movement around the beach, YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said they plan to provide free buggy services to beachgoers.
“We are ordering the buggies now, as soon as they arrive, we will be using them” he added.
The opening ceremony yesterday also saw His Royal Highness signing the official plaque to mark the opening of the beach. The Crown Prince also toured the beach’s facilities.
Four ministers attended the opening ceremony, including Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources and Second Minister of Finance at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Brunei Times