Draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy

Council proposes changes to vehicular access to local beaches under the draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy.

A new Draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy has been developed by Coffs Harbour City Council, following extensive consultation with key user groups, including fishing and 4WD clubs and professional fishermen.

The Policy is currently on display and a trial restriction is in place at a section of Arrawarra Beach from December 21 2018 until March 1, 2019.

Community comment is being sought on this site, through a survey, which will be open from January 14 to February 28, 2019.

Beaches and dunal ecosystems are highly valued by the local community and the many visitors to the Coffs Harbour region. Additionally, they:

  • are integral to the lifestyle of Coffs Harbour

  • are a significant driver of tourism

  • support a diverse range of recreational activities

  • contribute to the overall amenity and visual appeal of the region

  • are vital ecological resources, providing habitat to a variety of native flora and fauna as well as protecting terrestrial areas from coastal erosion processes.

Improper use can compromise this valuable resource. Projected population increase in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area will place increased pressures on our beaches, with higher levels of competing use and greater potential for conflict between users.

This policy seeks to establish a framework that applies to vehicle use on Coffs Harbour Local Government Area beaches, with the aims of:

  • establishing a consistent approach to regulating beach access by vehicles on beaches

  • protecting the coastal environment

  • ensuring the safety of all beach users

  • allowing for sustainable and equitable recreational use of the beaches

The Policy is supported by guidelines that provide restrictions on which beaches access is permitted and how users must conduct themselves on these permitted beaches.

Coffs Harbour City Council currently allows vehicular access to the following beaches, under the provisions of the now outdated 1996 Vehicles on Beaches Policy:

· Boambee Beach

· Hearnes Lake Beach

· Woolgoolga Back Beach

· Darkum Beach (beach currently inaccessible)

· Arrawarra Beach

· Pipeclay Beach

· North Beach

· Station Creek Beach

Refer to the Documents section on this page for a Summary of Changes for proposed access and for Maps of the beaches within the Local Government Area where 4wd access is proposed under the draft policy. The Documents section also includes a Report on the Outcomes of Community Consultation with Key Stakeholders and user groups in 2017; this information helped to inform and guide the draft policy.

A new Draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy has been developed by Coffs Harbour City Council, following extensive consultation with key user groups, including fishing and 4WD clubs and professional fishermen.

The Policy is currently on display and a trial restriction is in place at a section of Arrawarra Beach from December 21 2018 until March 1, 2019.

Community comment is being sought on this site, through a survey, which will be open from January 14 to February 28, 2019.

Beaches and dunal ecosystems are highly valued by the local community and the many visitors to the Coffs Harbour region. Additionally, they:

  • are integral to the lifestyle of Coffs Harbour

  • are a significant driver of tourism

  • support a diverse range of recreational activities

  • contribute to the overall amenity and visual appeal of the region

  • are vital ecological resources, providing habitat to a variety of native flora and fauna as well as protecting terrestrial areas from coastal erosion processes.

Improper use can compromise this valuable resource. Projected population increase in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area will place increased pressures on our beaches, with higher levels of competing use and greater potential for conflict between users.

This policy seeks to establish a framework that applies to vehicle use on Coffs Harbour Local Government Area beaches, with the aims of:

  • establishing a consistent approach to regulating beach access by vehicles on beaches

  • protecting the coastal environment

  • ensuring the safety of all beach users

  • allowing for sustainable and equitable recreational use of the beaches

The Policy is supported by guidelines that provide restrictions on which beaches access is permitted and how users must conduct themselves on these permitted beaches.

Coffs Harbour City Council currently allows vehicular access to the following beaches, under the provisions of the now outdated 1996 Vehicles on Beaches Policy:

· Boambee Beach

· Hearnes Lake Beach

· Woolgoolga Back Beach

· Darkum Beach (beach currently inaccessible)

· Arrawarra Beach

· Pipeclay Beach

· North Beach

· Station Creek Beach

Refer to the Documents section on this page for a Summary of Changes for proposed access and for Maps of the beaches within the Local Government Area where 4wd access is proposed under the draft policy. The Documents section also includes a Report on the Outcomes of Community Consultation with Key Stakeholders and user groups in 2017; this information helped to inform and guide the draft policy.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Coffs Harbour City Council welcomes submissions regarding the Draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy, during the consultation period from January 14 to February 28, 2019.

    Please Register to get involved and lodge your submission.

    Council is committed to openness and transparency in its decision making processes.  The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requires Council to provide public access to information held unless there are overriding public interest considerations against disclosure.  Any submissions received will be made publicly available unless the writer can demonstrate that the release of part or all of the information would not be in the public interest. 

    Coffs Harbour City Council welcomes submissions regarding the Draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy, during the consultation period from January 14 to February 28, 2019.

    Please Register to get involved and lodge your submission.

    Council is committed to openness and transparency in its decision making processes.  The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requires Council to provide public access to information held unless there are overriding public interest considerations against disclosure.  Any submissions received will be made publicly available unless the writer can demonstrate that the release of part or all of the information would not be in the public interest.  However, Council would be obliged to release information as required by court order or other specific law.

    Please refer to Council's Submission Policy, in the Documents section of his site, for further information.


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