Inclusive Beach Access at Jetty Beach Project

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Jetty Beach access ramp

Coffs Harbour City Council will be trialing a lifeguard patrol at the Jetty Beach during the 2019/20 peak summer period (27 December 2019 to 27 January 2020) as part of an inclusive beach access service and in response to increased visitation this location has experienced as a result of infrastructure improvements at the northern end of the Jetty Foreshores.

In addition to the beach patrol trial, Council will also be operating a new beach mat designed for people with mobility issues, including those who use wheelchairs. 50 metres of this specially designed matting has been purchased and will be installed to provide an access path from the base of the existing access ramp down to the hard sand/water's edge.

In addition to the beach mat, Council has also purchased two new beach wheelchairs - including a child-sized one, that will be made available for free short-term hire at Jetty Beach during the trial period.

Council's Lifeguard Service will manage the beach mat and the beach wheelchair hire .

Following the end of the trial lifeguard patrol, the new beach wheelchairs will still be available for free hire at Jetty Beach through the online booking system (see below) - lifeguards will meet hirers on site at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club where the chairs are being temporarily stored.

This initiative will complement the existing accessibility features within the recently upgraded Jetty Foreshores that include accessible paths, beach ramp, parking and amenities - including a Changing Place.

This initiative is the result of a Council decision on 26 September 2019 that:

  • Noted an Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper developed in response to a Notice of Motion from November 2018 (see Document Library on right side of the page);
  • Confirmed Jetty Beach as the priority for development of inclusive beach access facilities in the LGA;
  • Allocated the necessary funding to purchase the equipment, including the beach mat and beach wheelchairs, and to operate the trial lifeguard patrol at Jetty Beach over the 2019/20 peak summer period; and
  • Requires a report back to Council on the results of the Jetty Beach pilot lifeguard patrol and installation of Inclusive Beach Access service (in early 2020).

Council always recommends to swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
Remember ... NO FLAGS = NO SWIM!

Council also acknowledges East Coast Accessibility Experts for their generous support in funding the purchase of the child-sized Hippocampe beach wheelchair as part of this initiative.

For further information about this project please contact Lifeguard Services Team Leader, Greg Hackfath, on 0418 285 073.


Post-trial update:

Following the end of the Jetty Beach trial lifeguard patrol on 27 January, Council Lifeguards have continued trialing the beach mat service at this location, leaving the mat deployed 24/7 and regularly monitoring, resetting and where necessary temporarily retrieving the mat due to adverse conditions. Continuation of this beach is however dependent on securing ongoing operational funding.

Availability of the beach mat is updated on the CHCC Lifeguards Facebook page.

The two new Hippocampe beach wheelchairs continue to be available to hire from this location. For details on how to book this equipment please visit Council's Beach Wheelchairs web page.

A post-trial report was completed, including results from the online survey conducted during the trial period. This report is available within the Document Library on this web page.

A report was provided to Council at its meeting on the 10 Sep 2020 on the results of the trial - the Council report can be viewed online at this web link. It was resolved unanimously that Council:

  1. Note the results of the trial of the lifeguard patrol and inclusive beach access facilities provided at Jetty Beach during the 2019/20 Peak Summer period.
  2. Note that a funding source of $43,500 will need to be identified through the next quarterly budget review to establish a Jetty Beach service that includes:
    1. Peak Summer lifeguard patrol as an annual service at Jetty Beach.
    2. Ongoing provision and management of the Mobi-mat.
  3. Continue to monitor and report on opportunities to extend inclusive beach access facilities within the LGA.
  4. Send a letter of thanks to Coffs Harbour Yacht Club for the support they have provided to this initiative and also to the East Coast Accessibility Experts for donating funding for the second Hippocampe wheelchair.


Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the trial, and to Coffs Harbour Yacht Club and East Coast Accessibility Experts for their generous support. We'd also like to acknowledge the advice and efforts of Council's Disability Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee who initiated and promoted the idea.

Further updates will be provided to the community on the outcomes of Council's quarterly budget review process to identify the required funding. This is expected in October/November 2020.

Coffs Harbour City Council will be trialing a lifeguard patrol at the Jetty Beach during the 2019/20 peak summer period (27 December 2019 to 27 January 2020) as part of an inclusive beach access service and in response to increased visitation this location has experienced as a result of infrastructure improvements at the northern end of the Jetty Foreshores.

In addition to the beach patrol trial, Council will also be operating a new beach mat designed for people with mobility issues, including those who use wheelchairs. 50 metres of this specially designed matting has been purchased and will be installed to provide an access path from the base of the existing access ramp down to the hard sand/water's edge.

In addition to the beach mat, Council has also purchased two new beach wheelchairs - including a child-sized one, that will be made available for free short-term hire at Jetty Beach during the trial period.

Council's Lifeguard Service will manage the beach mat and the beach wheelchair hire .

Following the end of the trial lifeguard patrol, the new beach wheelchairs will still be available for free hire at Jetty Beach through the online booking system (see below) - lifeguards will meet hirers on site at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club where the chairs are being temporarily stored.

This initiative will complement the existing accessibility features within the recently upgraded Jetty Foreshores that include accessible paths, beach ramp, parking and amenities - including a Changing Place.

This initiative is the result of a Council decision on 26 September 2019 that:

  • Noted an Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper developed in response to a Notice of Motion from November 2018 (see Document Library on right side of the page);
  • Confirmed Jetty Beach as the priority for development of inclusive beach access facilities in the LGA;
  • Allocated the necessary funding to purchase the equipment, including the beach mat and beach wheelchairs, and to operate the trial lifeguard patrol at Jetty Beach over the 2019/20 peak summer period; and
  • Requires a report back to Council on the results of the Jetty Beach pilot lifeguard patrol and installation of Inclusive Beach Access service (in early 2020).

Council always recommends to swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
Remember ... NO FLAGS = NO SWIM!

Council also acknowledges East Coast Accessibility Experts for their generous support in funding the purchase of the child-sized Hippocampe beach wheelchair as part of this initiative.

For further information about this project please contact Lifeguard Services Team Leader, Greg Hackfath, on 0418 285 073.


Post-trial update:

Following the end of the Jetty Beach trial lifeguard patrol on 27 January, Council Lifeguards have continued trialing the beach mat service at this location, leaving the mat deployed 24/7 and regularly monitoring, resetting and where necessary temporarily retrieving the mat due to adverse conditions. Continuation of this beach is however dependent on securing ongoing operational funding.

Availability of the beach mat is updated on the CHCC Lifeguards Facebook page.

The two new Hippocampe beach wheelchairs continue to be available to hire from this location. For details on how to book this equipment please visit Council's Beach Wheelchairs web page.

A post-trial report was completed, including results from the online survey conducted during the trial period. This report is available within the Document Library on this web page.

A report was provided to Council at its meeting on the 10 Sep 2020 on the results of the trial - the Council report can be viewed online at this web link. It was resolved unanimously that Council:

  1. Note the results of the trial of the lifeguard patrol and inclusive beach access facilities provided at Jetty Beach during the 2019/20 Peak Summer period.
  2. Note that a funding source of $43,500 will need to be identified through the next quarterly budget review to establish a Jetty Beach service that includes:
    1. Peak Summer lifeguard patrol as an annual service at Jetty Beach.
    2. Ongoing provision and management of the Mobi-mat.
  3. Continue to monitor and report on opportunities to extend inclusive beach access facilities within the LGA.
  4. Send a letter of thanks to Coffs Harbour Yacht Club for the support they have provided to this initiative and also to the East Coast Accessibility Experts for donating funding for the second Hippocampe wheelchair.


Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the trial, and to Coffs Harbour Yacht Club and East Coast Accessibility Experts for their generous support. We'd also like to acknowledge the advice and efforts of Council's Disability Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee who initiated and promoted the idea.

Further updates will be provided to the community on the outcomes of Council's quarterly budget review process to identify the required funding. This is expected in October/November 2020.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Coffs Harbour City Council is conducting a trial lifeguard patrol at Jetty Beach from 27 December 2019 to 27 January 2020, including the provision on inclusive beach access facilities - a beach mat to provide an accessible path to the hard sand/water's edge and short-term free hire of beach wheelchairs on-site. The survey will be open until 29 February 2020.

    The results of this survey will assist us to evaluate this trial, which will be reported to Council around April 2020 to determine if this service should continue and in what form.

    Individual names and contact details will not be made public and only used to follow up or clarify any comments as needed.

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