Managing vehicle compliance on protected foreshore areas

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City of Onkaparinga By-law number 6: 'Foreshore By-Law 2016' was approved by Council at its meeting of 14 June 2016.

The Foreshore By-Law 2016 was established to deal with issues specific to our coastal ares under the care and control of Council. The objectives of the bylaws are to:

  • regulate access and use of the foreshore
  • prevent damage to and promote conservation of the foreshore
  • protect the convenience, comfort and safety of members of the public
  • enhance the amenity of the Council area.

The management measures proposed in this engagement are designed to improve the compliance of vehicles (and occupants) pursuant to the current Foreshore By-law 2016. The Foreshore By-law 2016 remains in effect for 7 years and will be reviewed pursuant to section 251 of the Local Government Act prior to expiry on 1 January 2024.

The coastal environment in the City of Onkaparinga is one of our most important natural assets. It supports a complex ecosystem, sandy beach system and geology unique to our area. The community and social value of the coastline is also significant, with sites of Aboriginal cultural heritage, high scenic amenity, and recreational activities including public vehicle access onto the beach.

Vehicles are permitted to drive on sections of the sandy beach at Moana Beach, Aldinga Beach (Morgan Street to Parrot Road) and a permanent vehicle free section of beach from Parrot Road to Silver Sands ramp (Norman Road). Vehicle access remains at all times of the year, 800m south of the Moana Beach vehicle access ramp, 500m north of the Aldinga Beach access ramp (Morgan Street) and from Silver Sands access ramp to the southern end of Sellicks Beach. There is a seasonal closure of the beach (from 1 May to 30 September) from the southern side of Aldinga Beach ramp.

Vehicle compliance measures (e.g. signage, bollards) are in place to protect sensitive areas, such as the 'high beach' and pebble banks. Unfortunately, coastal inspections and monitoring undertaken indicate ongoing damage in these areas. We need to develop a plan which will maintain vehicle access in accordance with council's foreshore by-laws, while protecting sensitive areas of our coast.

Please review the options for each location and provide your feedback in the tabs below. You can do this in two ways:

  • Join the online discussion on the various options being considered
  • Complete the short survey.

All feedback will be collated and presented to Council for consideration at a December 2020 meeting.

City of Onkaparinga By-law number 6: 'Foreshore By-Law 2016' was approved by Council at its meeting of 14 June 2016.

The Foreshore By-Law 2016 was established to deal with issues specific to our coastal ares under the care and control of Council. The objectives of the bylaws are to:

  • regulate access and use of the foreshore
  • prevent damage to and promote conservation of the foreshore
  • protect the convenience, comfort and safety of members of the public
  • enhance the amenity of the Council area.

The management measures proposed in this engagement are designed to improve the compliance of vehicles (and occupants) pursuant to the current Foreshore By-law 2016. The Foreshore By-law 2016 remains in effect for 7 years and will be reviewed pursuant to section 251 of the Local Government Act prior to expiry on 1 January 2024.

The coastal environment in the City of Onkaparinga is one of our most important natural assets. It supports a complex ecosystem, sandy beach system and geology unique to our area. The community and social value of the coastline is also significant, with sites of Aboriginal cultural heritage, high scenic amenity, and recreational activities including public vehicle access onto the beach.

Vehicles are permitted to drive on sections of the sandy beach at Moana Beach, Aldinga Beach (Morgan Street to Parrot Road) and a permanent vehicle free section of beach from Parrot Road to Silver Sands ramp (Norman Road). Vehicle access remains at all times of the year, 800m south of the Moana Beach vehicle access ramp, 500m north of the Aldinga Beach access ramp (Morgan Street) and from Silver Sands access ramp to the southern end of Sellicks Beach. There is a seasonal closure of the beach (from 1 May to 30 September) from the southern side of Aldinga Beach ramp.

Vehicle compliance measures (e.g. signage, bollards) are in place to protect sensitive areas, such as the 'high beach' and pebble banks. Unfortunately, coastal inspections and monitoring undertaken indicate ongoing damage in these areas. We need to develop a plan which will maintain vehicle access in accordance with council's foreshore by-laws, while protecting sensitive areas of our coast.

Please review the options for each location and provide your feedback in the tabs below. You can do this in two ways:

  • Join the online discussion on the various options being considered
  • Complete the short survey.

All feedback will be collated and presented to Council for consideration at a December 2020 meeting.

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  • All beaches - Educational material and media campaign

    3 months ago
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    This option involves distributing material (e.g. flyers) to drivers (and occupants) when entering the beach and when they purchase beach access permits. This would be supported by a media campaign to educate the community on responsible vehicle access on beaches.

    Cost: High (around $10,000 - $20,000 to develop marketing materials, undertake promotional activities, Variable Message Boards)

    Effectiveness: Medium (a higher proportion of the population can be exposed to key messaging on vehicle access and protecting our foreshore. Can provide daily messages during peak times warning users of the daily tide cycle).

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  • All beaches - Increase Community Safety Officer patrols

    3 months ago
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    This option involves increasing Community Safety Officer patrols at Moana, Aldinga, Silver Sands and Sellicks Beach to educate beach goers and monitor vehicle compliance.

    Cost: Very high (the cost of extra staff and a vehicle would be around $120,000 annually).

    Effectiveness: Medium (patrols would be dedicated to patrolling beaches and operate after hours, which should provide a greater presence along the foreshore). 

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  • All beaches - Change signage

    3 months ago
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    This option involves installing larger and clearer signage at the vehicle access ramp, and along the back of the beach to inform of the 'no vehicle' zones.

    Cost: Medium (between $300 and $2000 per sign - depending on size - to manufacture and install).

    Effectiveness: High (signage is the first step to inform users of their responsibility and promote, identify, provide information and raise environmental awareness. Signage spaced out along the back of the beach informs vehicles of the appropriate areas to drive. Signs provide a visual guide to assist vehicles (and occupants) exiting the beach before they are overwhelmed by the rising tides).

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  • Aldinga Beach - Add bollard

    3 months ago
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    This option involves installing a bollard alongside beach access ramps to complete the existing line of bollards and to guide vehicle traffic away from the No Cars area.

    Cost: Low (around $180 per bollard to purchase and install).

    Effectiveness: High (bollards are effective with directing vehicles to drive on the hard sand when entering the beach and restrict vehicles driving directly over the high beach).

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  • Aldinga Beach - Add permanent CCTV cameras

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    This option involves installing permanent closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras with number plate recognition technology to monitor vehicles accessing the beach.

    Cost: High (around $15,000 to $20,000 to purchase and install, plus ongoing administration costs)

    Effectiveness: High (CCTV can be set up for all-round monitoring - e.g. vehicle compliance, crime etc - and number plate recognition technology is suitable for issuing infringements).

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  • Aldinga Beach - Add covert sensor cameras

    3 months ago
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    This option involves installing temporary sensor cameras (covert) to monitor vehicle activity on the beach.

    Cost: Low (around $800 to purchase and install, plus ongoing administration costs).

    Effectiveness: Medium (useful to capture inappropriate activity and improve response time).

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  • Aldinga Beach - Add sand drift fencing

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    This option involves installing sand drift fencing for the collection of windblown sand and preventing vehicle access.

    Cost: Medium ($90 per metre installed).

    Effectiveness: High (sand drift fencing provides an environmental solution to expedite the recovery of eroded sand dunes after storms and also prevent vehicles accessing through the ‘high beach’ zone).

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  • Moana Beach - Add signs along high beach

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    This option involves installation of new signs along the high beach spaced out in a straight alignment to inform vehicles (and occupants) to drive on the inter tidal zone. The alignment provides a visual warning for vehicles wanting to enter or requiring to exit the beach on a rising tide.   

    Cost: Low ($320 per post and sign).

    Effectiveness: High (new signage is the first step to inform users of their responsibility with maintaining vehicle access within the inter tidal zone.  The alignment also provides a visual warning for vehicles to not enter or exit the beach before becoming overwhelmed by rising tides).

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  • Moana Beach - Add permanent CCTV cameras

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    This option involves installing permanent closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras with number plate recognition technology to monitor vehicles accessing Moana Beach.

    Cost: High (around $15,000 to $20,000 to purchase and install, plus ongoing administration costs).

    Effectiveness: High (CCTV can be set up for all-round monitoring - e.g. vehicle compliance, crime etc - and number plate recognition technology is suitable for issuing infringements).

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  • Moana Beach - Add covert sensor cameras

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    This option involves installing temporary sensor cameras (covert) to monitor vehicle activity on the beach.

    Cost: Medium (around $800 to purchase and install, plus ongoing administration costs).

    Effectiveness: Medium (useful to capture inappropriate activity and improve response time).

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