Recent swell and natural tidal actions have moved the Coffs Creek entrance south making one of the access points to Park Beach South (North Wall Beach) currently unsafe to use.
The creek waterway is now very close to the steep vegetated bank behind the beach so the access path at that location has been closed.
Although the area is under the care and control of the NSW Government’s Department of Industry – Crown Land, Council will be erecting signs tomorrow (Thursday, 12 July) making clear that the access is currently closed.
The signs will be erected near the rail bridge, at the first access point near the rail bridge and at the ramp down to Park Beach South from the jetty foreshores.
People will still be able to access Park Beach South from the southern side of Coffs Creek by going along the concrete footpath from the rail bridge and using the second beach access path through the dunes.
“Council is concerned over the risk to the public as this is a popular beach and it is also the school holidays meaning we have many visitors here at the moment,” said Glenn O’Grady, Council’s Group Leader Strategic Asset Management.
“While we don’t control that land, Council has liaised with relevant State Government staff and offered to erect the signs to warn users that the area is dangerous and the access is currently closed.
“We will continue assist Crown Lands with the management of the situation.”
Regular inspections of the access and the creek entrance will be taking place and the access will be reopened once it is safe to do so.
The highlighted area above pinpoints the current location of the creek entrance next to the steep vegetated bank.