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FIVE foreshore management plans will help protect the environmental values and improve the liveability of coastlines in Douglas Shire.

Douglas Shire Council adopted foreshore management plans for Wonga Beach, Newell Beach, Cooya Beach, Four Mile Beach and Oak Beach at Tuesday’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

Keeping an eye on turtle nesting sites, protecting dunes and foreshore vegetation, and making sure locals can have fun at the beach are among a comprehensive list of objectives for beach management.

The plans also seek to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards into the future.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said plans would ensure the region’s beachside communities became better places to live.

“Council believes our beautiful beaches are the best in the world and these plans provide a pathway to keep it that way,” he said.

“The plans were developed with the community over a number of months, so they reflect the desires of each unique beachside suburb and the need to protect the environment.

“For example, some people enjoy fishing at Wonga Beach, stand-up paddle boarding at Four Mile Beach or enjoying a nice walk along Cooya Beach.”

The plans also identify special interest areas such as, the foreshore area between Helmet and Cowrie Street.

Council will also be able to use the plans to seek further funding.

You can view all the foreshore management plans and read the full council report here:


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