Trial Bay Visitor Precincts Coast and Foreshore Protection Strategy

Trial Bay, in Arakoon National Park, is a key site and landscape feature within the National Parks and Wildlife Service Coastal Reserve System. Public consultation on the strategy has closed.

Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National ParkOften described as the jewel in the crown of the Macleay Valley Coast, it is widely acknowledged as one of NSW premier coastal visitor destinations. It is equally important to the local community who use Trial Bay's beach, foreshore and surrounding natural environment, for a range of recreational activities.

Why do we need the strategy?

Longshore coastal processes, combined with major storms and climate change, are eroding sections of Trial Bay's beach and foreshore requiring their periodic closure due to public safety concerns and the need for coastal recovery activities.

The Trial Bay Visitor Precincts Coast and Foreshore Protection Strategy, provides a framework to address these and other impacts consistent with stakeholder expectations. The strategy is a living document, highlighting the need for adaptive coastal management facilitated through ongoing learning, open and transparent stakeholder communication and evidence-based decisions. Through this approach it contributes to:

  • increased recognition of Trial Bay as a visitor destination of regional, state and national significance
  • better alignment of National Parks and Wildlife Service, other NSW government agencies and Kempsey Shire Council coastal management and planning activities
  • ongoing protection of Trial Bay's natural and cultural values, as identified and confirmed by stakeholders
  • evidence-based, proportionate actions to address local coastal hazards and risks.

The strategy identifies a number of management objectives:

  • Public appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of nature and cultural heritage and their conservation is fostered.
  • Habitat, ecosystems and services and biological diversity are conserved.
  • Safe and easy access for a wide range of recreational activities is maintained and enhanced.
  • Public day use areas including beaches, foreshores and surrounds is managed.
  • Public safety risks to local recreation users and visitors are minimised.
  • The State Heritage values of the precincts are maintained and protected.
  • The economic viability of the precincts is maintained for National Parks and Wildlife Service and local community.
  • Aboriginal people's spiritual and customary use of the precincts is acknowledged and their ongoing access facilitated.
  • Natural coastal processes and values, including natural landscape amenity are preserved.

Public consultation

The public exhibition of the Trial Bay Visitor Precincts Coast and Foreshore Protection Strategy closed on 29 April 2022.

The final strategy can be downloaded.