The issue between residents along Seven Mile Beach Road, Broken Head, who want limited to no parking, and those wanting access to the beaches was tabled at Council’s November 2 meeting.
Director infrastructure services Phil Holloway told councillors that they have been working with residents for some time on the issue and the current signs were replaced after the signs were vandalised.
‘It happens nearly on a weekly basis,’ he said. ‘We had meetings with RMS, police and residents and have developed an action plan.’ Putting rocks along the road deters parking, he said, which is needed in case of an emergency.
While he said the signage replacement was originally a direction from the local traffic committee (LTC), Mr Holloway did admit that ‘We weren’t using the LTC as a sounding board for every range of issue that could occur on that road.’
Meanwhile, mayor Simon Richardson told the chamber he congratulates staff for coming to an outcome.
‘It’s one of the most biodiverse regions in the state,’ he said. ‘The dust on the road has serious impacts… residents have asked for it to be a closed road. The risk of bushfire is high. Staff are in a bind.’
Yet the mayor did acknowledge that, ‘We haven’t communicated before acting.’
‘This [issue] hasn’t gone out in the public – it’s been a response to the residents. They are a persistent group.’
Cr Sarah Ndiaye’s motion was eventually supported, which asks staff to ‘provide a report on the current issues facing the Seven Mile Beach community and the Broken Head nature reserve and indicative costings and considerations of various responses.’