Beautifying Our Beaches

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Latest update: Concept plans have been developed following the workshops detailed below and can be seen here. You can email any comments on the plans until 28 March 2017 via coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au

Emerald Beach and Sandy Beach residents, businesses and interest groups are being invited to a series of public consultation meetings this month to help develop new masterplans for their local beach reserves located within Coffs Coast Regional Park.

The consultation is a partnership between Council, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services and the Coffs Coast Regional Park Trust Board.

Both these popular suburbs are growing fast with new homes, new recreational opportunities and increasing numbers of visitors. At the same time, the coastline is facing ongoing beach erosion and the impacts of sea level rise.

The key to ensuring sustainable improvements to these beach reserves is to balance improvements with conservation. Anyone coming along to the consultations will be asked to consider:

  • What are the key areas and issues for the reserve?
  • What are your aspirations for the reserve and what developments would you like to see in its future?
  • How can we improve our reserve and deliver benefits to the community?

The first sessions are being held on February 18 at Sandy Beach Public School. Everyone is welcome to come along to hear more about the projects and to share your own ideas.

Interested Sandy Beach residents are invited to come along at 9am-11am. Emerald Beach residents are invited to come along at 2.30pm-4.30pm and business-owners and other stakeholders from both suburbs are invited to come along at 12.45pm-2.30pm.

There will also be follow-up feedback sessions on Tuesday, February 21, at Sandy Beach School to give you a picture of all the ideas that get discussed at the initial meetings.

Interested Sandy Beach residents are invited to come along at 4.30pm-6.30pm, Emerald Beach residents are invited to come along at 5.30pm-6.30pm and business-owners and other stakeholders from both suburbs are invited to come along from 4.30pm-6.30pm.

Following the consultations, a joint team of Landscape Architects and Council and National Parks staff will begin to create a series of concepts. These will then be put on display for further community input in due course.

If you have any early suggestions – and you can’t wait for the consultations – please feel free to email the team via coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au. Please include the words Emerald Beach Sandy Beach Reserve Masterplans in the email subject line.

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