Mid Coast beach vehicle access permits are up for renewal and drivers have been reminded that they come with responsibility.
Four wheel drivers wishing to access beaches stretching from Kylies Beach in the north, down to Hawks Nest in the south, will need a current permit. And MidCoast Council has reminded drivers our beach environments are sensitive and dynamic, and drivers have a responsibility to protect both the environment and other beach users.
"It's important that beach drivers are considerate of others, and respectful of their surroundings," Paul De Szell, MidCoast Council's director of community spaces and services said.
"There are rules that apply, not only for the safety of all beach users, but to help protect the dune environment."
An annual pass (June to July) costs $100 while a 30 day pass (valid from the date of purchase) is $60.
Council uses the money raised from the sale of permits to maintain beach access points, undertake dune rehabilitation works and weed control, and implement initiatives to assist in the protection of shore bird habitats.
Permit-holders must comply with beach driving rules which include driving only between the high and low tide marks, using only designated access points, observing a maximum speed limit of 40kph (or 15kph when within 100 metres of others), and remaining at least 15 metres away from pedestrians at all times.
Council rangers and NSW Police are authorised to enforce the rules, with fines and permit cancellation in place for those who do not comply. More information and a full outline of rules and responsibilities for beach drivers can be found at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/beachdriving
"Our message to all beach-goers is about sharing the shore responsibly, whether that's by adhering to beach driving rules, controlling dogs on our dog-friendly beaches, or taking your rubbish home with you, our beaches are natural assets we can be proud of and should work together to protect."
Beach access vehicle permits can be purchased from all council customer service locations as well as through authorised re-sellers.
For further information about beach driving, our dune and shorebird protection initiatives and where you can purchase a permit, head to www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/beachdriving
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