LOCALS DENIED BEACH ACCESS
By LEE McDOUGALL
CLAYTON Beatty could be forgiven for thinking he has become part of a Yes, Minister episode.
Mr Beatty is among a small number of residents at Arrawarra about to lose easy access to the beach less than 200 metres from their home.
At tomorrow night's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting, to be held at Coramba Community Hall, the council will vote on a recommendation to remove the current concrete footpath that provides access in order to 'resolve the immediate safety and liability concerns'.
The recommendation also seeks to cease council negotiations with owners of the Arrawarra Beach Caravan Park regarding access through the park to the beach.
The issue of public access to the souhern end of Corindi Beach has been simmering for several years, with tomorrow night's recommendation seeming to suggest the council wants to 'wipe its hands' of the problem.
"I'm slightly disabled and need knee reconstruction surgery," Mr Beatty said.
"I walk on the beach twice a day. I cannot use the alternative beach access, which is the long way around, because I can't get back up the embankment from the beach.
"Clyde Treadwell (council's manager Land Use and Planning) describes it as 'good, even and easily accessible'. "It's obvious he has never walked along it because it is anything but accessible."
Mr Beatty was not overly impressed with the council's alternative suggestion to him, which was to drive around to Arrawarra Headland.
"That's an 11km round trip from my house. So twice a day, that's 22km ? and at the current fuel prices, over the next 11 years it will cost me $28,550 to get to the beach that is less than 200 metres from my front door," Mr Beatty said.
The council will hold its meeting tomorrow night at Coramba Community Hall to mark the centenary of Dorrigo Shire Council (which led to the development of Coffs Harbour City Council). The meeting starts at 5pm.