The closure today of the Crescent Head foreshore car park sends a strong message to those seeking to holiday in the Macleay about complying with NSW social gathering laws and the requirement to stay at home.
Kempsey Shire Council have worked with the NSW Police over recent days to review and assess the numbers of visitors to the popular holiday destination and have resolved to close the car park in the areas closest to the foreshore.
While a swim in the ocean or walk on the foreshore falls under allowable exercise, concerns have escalated regarding the number of illegal campers staying in the reserve overnight or for long periods during the day.
"It is heartbreaking to have to take such determined measures and effectively close off one of our iconic tourist hot spots but the message remains clear, now is not the time for extended stays at the beach," Kempsey Shire Council General Manager Craig Milburn said.
Following last week's announcement that the five Macleay Valley Holiday Parks were only open for permanent residents and those with no fixed address, council's rangers have been patrolling the coastal areas multiple times each day undertaking education with regard to illegal camping particularly at Crescent Head.
The additional measures taken by the NSW Government on Tuesday to limit gatherings to only two people and restrict all non-essential travel have prompted today's escalation in measures to reduce the number of people gathering at the coast.
Barriers boards will be erected east of the crescent head skate park to block off the carpark directly in line with the surf at crescent Head. More stable and restrictive concrete barriers will be installed by the end of the week.
Council will monitor other locations in the shire to determine if similar measures are needed as required and thanks all residents and visitors for their assistance and understanding in these unique circumstances.
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