Of all of the jewels that call the crown of Newcastle home, our gorgeous coastline would have to be the most glistening.
It’s as precious to locals and visitors alike, and now City of Newcastle (CoN) is looking to drill down into exactly what the community loves about our beaches and what people do when they visit.
Launched this week, the Love Our Coast survey aims to assist with the management of the city’s coastal management programs which will help shape future plans to enhance our gorgeous coastline.
The survey will collect a range of information including what beaches people visit and how frequently, what they do while they are there and why they choose the beaches they do.
It will also investigate how people get to the beach and how much money they spend during their trips.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the survey was integral to identifying priorities and plans for the coastline into the future.
“The responses from this survey will help us develop plans and projects to enhance our coast for future generations, like our coastal management programs, that include long-term actions to help ensure we can manage these important areas,” Cr Nelmes said.
“Our coastline is loved by many people and, in many ways, this forms a significant part of Newcastle’s identity as a liveable and sustainable global city.”
“Newcastle is fortunate to boast some of the best beaches in the world and a spectacular coastline that provides countless benefits to both our local economy and our way of life.”
Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen echoed the Lord Mayor’s sentiment, encouraging people to have their say on how the City uses some of our most precious assets.
“Feedback from the community is very important to allow the City to understand how we value and use our beaches. We don’t only want to hear from the city’s beach lovers. It is open to everyone and the more feedback we get, the better informed our decisions will be moving forward,” Cr Clausen said.
“The insight provided by the survey will also ensure our coastal management programs satisfy requirements legislated by the Coastal Management Act 2016.”
The survey is open until Friday 5 march. Head here to have your say.