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Council flags new coastal plan

The Clarence City Council is developing a Coastal Access Strategy to guide future beach and foreshore access planning and improvements for the 191-kilometres of coastline that are in the city.

The strategy will take a holistic approach to develop a 10-year plan to make the coastline accessible and inclusive.

It will examine physical access to beaches and consider what contributes to the user experience and what allows people of all ages and abilities to visit and enjoy Clarence’s coast.

Community consultation will be open until 10 May 2024 and includes a community survey and a series of public and stakeholder workshops to ensure the views of a diverse cross section of people who use Clarence’s coastline are captured.

Clarence City Council Mayor Brendan Blomeley said the city’s many magnificent beaches and foreshore areas were central to Clarence’s identity.

“It is vital that we work together with residents to realise our goals of making Clarence ‘A People Friendly and well-planned city,” he said.

“Consultation is the perfect opportunity to apply these goals to our beautiful coastline.

“We understand everyone engages with our coastline differently, from those who like to enjoy the view from a distance to those who want to cross the sand and into the water.

“A person’s ability to access the coastline can be determined by many factors, like age and mobility.

“The community taking this opportunity to tell us from their unique perspective what works and doesn’t work, what is missing and what we need to improve to support better access is critical to developing a smart strategy.”

For further details and provide input into the strategy visit to www.yoursay.ccc.tas.gov.au

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