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Shoot for the stairs

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan has congratulated the Bateau Bay community for its concerted efforts to save the stairs which provide access to Blue Lagoon Reserve.

Save our stairs committee with Member for The Entrance, David Mehan (fourth from the left) and Central Coast Council Administrator, Rik Hart (far right).

8 November 2023

 

IN early September, Central Coast Council, without any community consultation, demolished the stairs on the basis that the “stair asset was deemed dangerous, and at the end of its useful life.”

 

Following this, the community rallied and organised a petition asking for Council to urgently fund and rebuild the stairs, noting that the alternative access via Blue Lagoon Beach Resort is inadequate.

 

On 29 October, a gathering organised by the Save Our Stairs Committee at the Reserve showed an overwhelming interest of support by the local community for the return of the stairs.  An on-site meeting subsequently organised by the Committee between Central Coast Council and interested parties was held on 6 November to discuss the best way forward.

 

Council have now indicated, following my representations, that it intends to apply for a grant under the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) to fund replacement stairs to Blue Lagoon Reserve.

 

Member for The Entrance David Mehan said “The Bateau Bay community should not be underestimated. The decision of Council to remove the stairs without consultation was a complete disappointment and disregard for the community.

 

“I commend the Bateau Bay community and the Save our Stairs Committee who rallied together to present a petition to Council with more than 1,800 signatures in its plight to have the voice of the community heard and the stairs returned.

 

“Fortunately, Council has now agreed to reinstate the closed off stairs on the beach side of the Reserve and intends to replace them as soon as possible. I wish them every success in their application for funding which will make this happen, that I have wholly supported.”

 

Save our Stairs Committee member Judy Townsend said “The Committee left the site meeting grateful to the community for the incredible support for the petition, the hundreds of people that turned up for the community aerial photo and the recording of their heartfelt stories of the Reserves use. It obviously prompted our Council to put in a solid submission under the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund to gain funding to return our stairs.”

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