Call for a new strategy to manage Georges River foreshore

Foreshore call: Georges River foreshore, pictured from Sylvania. Georges River Council will look at preparing a new strategy for the foreshore. Picture: Chris Lane
Foreshore call: Georges River foreshore, pictured from Sylvania. Georges River Council will look at preparing a new strategy for the foreshore. Picture: Chris Lane

Private properties could be encouraged to allow public access across their foreshore frontages along the Georges River.

This is one of a number incentives to improve public access to the foreshore that would be looked at in drafting a new foreshore strategy for the Georges River local government area.

Georges River Council voted unanimously on December 18 to support a call by Councillor Nick Katris for the council to prepare a new foreshore strategy.

Among other things, the strategy would identify strategic links to regional open space and foreshore lands in adjoining local government areas.

It will look at opportunities to improve public access to all foreshore areas in the LGA, including private and publicly owned land.

And it will investigate potential incentives, such as development, financial, property or otherwise, that could be introduced to encourage private properties to allow public access across their foreshore frontages.

A new strategy would also identify opportunities to connect strategically important missing links between foreshore destinations in the local government area such as parks, swimming pools, baths and marinas.

Councillor Katris also called for a report on the proposed program for preparation of a foreshore strategy including time-frame, a community consultation program, costs and options to pursue grant funding.

Funding for the the preparation of the foreshore strategy will be considered as part of the council’s 2018-19 budget.

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