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October 19, 2021

Sunbathers and 4WDs banned on Ballina beaches

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From tomorrow, four-wheel-drives and sunbather will need to stay off Ballina Shire beaches.

A press conference was held at Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club this morning to announce the near future fate of recreational use on the local coastline.

Following consultation with senior officers of the local NSW Police and Richmond Valley Council, Ballina Shire Council has decided local beaches and car parks will remain open, but 4WD beach access will close from Wednesday, April 8.

Recreational 4-wheel driving on beaches is a non-essential activity, which is why 4WD access to Seven Mile Beach, Lennox Head and South Ballina will be closed from tomorrow and will remain closed until further notice.

This decision has been made in consultation with Ballina Shire Council, NSW Police, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Crown Lands.

Beaches and car parks to remain open

‘Beaches and car parks will remain open to support many of our community members wanting to exercise and stay active during this challenging time,’ said Ballina Shire Mayor, David Wright.

Residents visiting the beach can exercise – walk, swim, surf, run or fish – as long as they comply with social distancing requirements. However, other typical beach activities, such as sunbaking, are not allowed.

‘We will continue to work with NSW Police to monitor beach activity to ensure compliance with the social distancing requirements,’ said Cr Wright.

Ballina Shire Council would also like to remind potential Ballina Shire visitors that non-essential travel, including holiday visitation, is not allowed under the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Ballina Shire Council will continue to take all necessary precautions to keep the community and staff safe during this crisis. For more information about Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic visit ballina.nsw.gov.au.

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  1. every day I take my dog to New Brighton Beach in Ocean Shores for our daily exercise walk. Under normal circumstances there are just dog walker and a few people exercising on the beach. The last few week there are lots and lots of people sun-baking, surfing and just standing around chatting and not keeping social distancing at all and this a 8 am. the car parks are full of interstate cars illegally parking nose to fence and I am getting abused for parking legally. As a senior citizen and resident I need my little exercise walk in the morning, especially in this difficult times, but I am scared to get my health compromised and put at risk by reckless holiday makers who should stay home. Good on Ballina to close their beaches, Byron Shire should do the same thing and also should send some rangers and police to the some more remote beaches in the Shire.

  2. Non essential? Im confused. I have seen so many interstate number plates at our beaches. Given that there are some people living in local post codes with interstate plates, I can see reason for flexibility. Surely though, all of these are not local. As someone who has to be particularly careful of this disease, I am concerned about some who are continuing on, business ( or should I say, leisure ) as usual, and spreading the virus. Close the border south? Seems like a good idea to me.

  3. It confuses me that people think surfing isn’t classed as exercise? It’s a sport, and allot of people use that as their form of exercise.

  4. I think it is great you have closed the beaches to 4 wheel drives and sun baking at the moment. We all know what state these interstaters come from .Why is their border only closed one way?

  5. Janice, I agree.. Woohoo! You go girl!
    I know right. Get out & walk!

    Emily.. I agree totally. Apart from the fact it is incredibly healthy.. one with nature & all things…

    Mark.. if people have got interstate plates on their vehicle that live here, I really don’t think that’s what this conversation is about.
    It’s not time for tourism & that’s just it.
    Do we get it yet? We do not have the infrastructure for out of town era right now. Our community is precious & we have the right to say ‘no’ & have that heard.

    Love & blessings


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