Beach Driving Permits Renewal Due

Filed under Environment & Pollution, Midcoast LGA, News, Sport & Recreation ~ by Press on  12 Jul 2020

Permits are due for driving on Kylies Beach,  Hawks Nest Beach, and those in between.

Midcoast Council reminds beach drivers of their responsibility to protect both the environment and other beach users.

It’s important that beach drivers are considerate of others, and respectful of their surroundings”, said Paul De Szell, MidCoast Council’s Director of Community Spaces and Services.

There are rules that apply, not only for the safety of all beach users, but to help protect the dune environment.”

Permit-holders are responsible for complying with beach driving rules which include driving only between the high and low tide marks, using only designated access points, observing a maximum speed limit of 40km / hour (or 15km / hour when within 100m of others), and remaining at least 15m away from pedestrians at all times.

Rules aim to protect endangered shorebirds that feed and nest on our beaches and are vulnerable to vehicles and animals. Signposted and fenced-off shorebird nesting sites are prohibited zones for 4WDs, pedestrians, and pets.

Council rangers and NSW Police are authorised to enforce the rules, with fines and permit cancellation in place for those who do not comply. More information and a full outline of rules and responsibilities for beach drivers can be found at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/beachdriving

Standard permit options include an Annual Pass (July to June, $100), and a shorter 30-Day Pass (valid for 30 days from date of purchase, $60). The fees collected through the sale of permits are allocated to maintaining beach access points, undertaking important dune rehabilitation works and weed control, and implementing initiatives to assist in the protection of shore bird habitats.

Beach access vehicle permits can be bought at all Council Customer Service locations or authorised re-sellers. The pensioner concession available on Annual permits has this year been extended to all seniors card holders. A card must be shown at the time of purchase.



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