Warrnambool’s beaches play an important role for the community, providing spaces for a range of activities, recreation, tourism and events. They are places that are culturally significant to the Traditional Owners. These beaches also provide important habitat for a wide range of local flora and fauna.
Council currently maintains 35 beach access points, which range from fully constructed access ramps to informal paths. Two of these access points, one at Levys Beach and another at Spookys Beach, were included in the recently completed Wild Coast Landscape Master Plan. The remaining 33 beach access points will be incorporated into the Warrnambool Beach Access Strategy.
This draft Strategy provides a framework for planning and managing beach access points into the future. The 33 beach access points that form part of this strategy extend from Shelly Beach in the west across to Logans Beach east of the Hopkins River.
The Strategy has been informed by the analysis of a range of factors including, but not limited to:
Environment, including flora and fauna habitat
Climate change impacts
Condition of existing structures
Maintenance, and associated costs
The Beach Access Strategy makes recommendations for beach access points, including retention of structures in good condition, replacement and upgrades of existing structures in poor condition including accessibility improvements, one new access point near the harbour and the closure of two existing structures accessing Lady Bay.
This Strategy will assist Council in preparing renewal and replacement programs.
If you would like to participate, please complete the survey below by June 10.
Council is also offering three drop-in sessions at the La Bella Room on the ground floor of the Foreshore Pavilion on May 25, 10am to noon, 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 6pm. No appointments are necessary.