Calls for action at Min-Oil camping area, beach access | PHOTOS

Residents of the Min-Oil Beach area on Nepean Bay organised a tour last Thursday, June 13 in an effort to protect the beach and coastal areas.

The residents are concerned about an increasing number of campers clearing bushland and creating a fire danger during the peak Christmas and Easter holiday periods.

Residents, conservationists and bird enthusiasts also had concerns about vehicles driving on the beach, damaging sensitive coastal areas and endangering nesting seabirds.

"It's not just locals but several of us are concerned about what is happening to this beautiful part of the Island," Peter Hastwell said.

The delegation on Thursday visited the unofficial camping area at the "Telstra track", as well as the day parking area and beach access point at the old eucalyptus still.

Finally they visited the official beach launching area, where they discussed existing signage and also the possibility of adding additional signs warning beach-goers of nesting shorebirds.

"We don't want to stop camping here, we just want people to have some respect for the area," resident Jane Evans said.

Attending from the KI Council were deputy mayor Bob Teasdale, CEO Greg Georgopoulos, technical programs manager John Fernandez and development and environmental services manager Aaron Wilksch.

Also attending from Natural Resources KI were regional manager Damien Miley and manager of parks and sustainable landscapes Robert Ellis.

Mr Miley confirmed the areas in question were considered Crown land, making policing campers and drivers more complicated.

What was needed was a real community spirit from the residents and visitors to address the issues, he said, encouraging the locals to put their concerns and a "clear vision" into writing.

"We need to make sure everyone is on board," Mr Miley said.

The deputy mayor thanked the staff and residents for attending and also encouraged more correspondence with the council.

"I really appreciate you coming up," Mr Teasdale said. "It's such a beautiful spot. Just keep the communication going and we will come up with solutions."

The council was due to discuss beach access at its June informal gathering this week, including beach signage.


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