Crescent Head community gives nod to new parking arrangements


Over 100 Crescent Head residents who attended last night’s Kempsey Shire Council organised Community Workshop to discuss the issue of unauthorised camping at the popular Crescent Head Foreshore Carpark have given their support to Council to progress plans to change current parking arrangements prior to Easter.

The new arrangements will be aimed at strengthening the enforcement of unauthorised camping and improving vehicle access to the carpark, especially during peak holiday times.

Prominent new signage will also be erected throughout the carpark stating camping is not permitting and pointing campers to sources of local tourism information.

Speaking at the meeting, Council’s Director, Infrastructure Services, said Council was committed to listening to, and working with, local residents to address the issue.

“We have been made very aware of the concern the Crescent Head community has had over this issue since Christmas and Council shares that concern as the behaviour we have been seeing is disrespectful of our environment and our community” Mr Scott said.

“We believe that Crescent Head is feeling this issue more acutely than other beach locations along the East Coast of Australia due to its iconic surfing location and limited space.”

A new parking plan for the Crescent Head Reserve will be submitted to a special meeting of the Local Traffic Committee for endorsement before being reported to the February 16 meeting of Council for consideration. Copies of the plan will be placed on public exhibition and circulated to the Crescent Head community for comment.

Proposed new parking arrangements include a 4-hour time limit in prime parking positions, the implementation of a ‘No Stopping’ zone, improved line marking and signage, temporary parking arrangements during peak times, alternative overflow parking in Willow Street, and better access control for the land behind the properties in Willow Street.

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