Why have we developed a Beach and Foreshore Access Strategy?

When we were working with the community to develop the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2020 the community told us that people with disability wanted improved access to beaches.

We want to  make sure that people with a disability can also enjoy and participate in the entertainment, recreational and lifestyle activities that beaches and foreshores have to offer.

We have spoken with  a range of people to develop this Draft Strategy. This include people with a disability and organisations, social groups and industries  that work closely with people who have a disability. 

We want to make getting around easier for everyone including people with a disability, or limited mobility and parents with prams

To help achieve this, Council has developed a draft Beach and Foreshore Access Strategy that will guide beach access planning and improvements for the next ten years.


What are the main things proposed in the draft strategy?

Some of the main goals and actions identified in the draft ten year strategy:

·Improve safe and accessible beach and foreshore access

·Provide relevant and current information about our beaches and foreshores

·Work with partners in improving beach access.


What locations are proposed for access changes?

Four beaches were identified as priorities: Austinmer, Thirroul, North Wollongong and Port Kembla. These beaches are popular destinations and have good connections to the foreshore.They can safely accommodate beach wheelchairs and matting. There are also spread across the local government area.


When will Strategy be implemented?

The Strategy runs over ten years. Priority actions will be listed in the next 4 year Delivery Plan. As external sources of funding become available additional elements of the plan will be undertaken.


Where can I find out more about the Draft Beach and Foreshore Access Strategy?

You can go to the Document Library on this site to reads the Draft Strategy or read a copy at any  Council library.