Last chance to tell us your Big Idea for Forster Main Beach

Published on 21 July 2017

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Thank you for turning out in force at the Big Ideas BBQ held recently to generate ideas for improving Forster's Main Beach precinct.

"We were very happy to talk with the hundreds of people, including locals and visitors, children and older people alike who turned up at the Big Ideas BBQ on Friday 7 July" said Council's Manager Property and Commercial Services, John Dougherty.

And if you couldn’t make it, there's still time to have your say via our online consultation (via the link on the right of this page) which has been extended and will remain open until Friday 28 July.

John says some of the most common themes from the ideas received so far include "upgrading old facilities, providing more green spaces, shade and shelter and also ensuring adequate car parking is provided at the location".

John says "in addition to the community consultation, we've had positive discussions with local businesses and the Surf Club - who have received a $1m grant to add to their own funds for improvements to the Forster Surf Club".

Although there is no current funding for improving the Main Beach area, Council is developing a Masterplan with help of consultants 'The Design Partnership'.  The Masterplan can then be used to seek funding to develop various aspects of the Plan.

"We'll be using the feedback gained from this round of consultations to develop preliminary concepts and then we'll be back asking everyone to comment on those, before the Draft Masterplan is developed" said John.

"From the amazing response to the consultation, there's no doubt Forster Main Beach is one of our most loved public spaces - by both locals and our visitors alike" adds John. "We're also seeing that there's a lot of consistency in ideas and it seems that the community is on the same page in regards to improving the Main Beach area."

In addition, some of the hundreds of comments received involved quite minor improvements to Main Beach facilities, so they will be reviewed and where they are consistent with the new Masterplan, implemented.