The deadline for community feedback submissions regarding Gosford Council’s Masterplan for a permanent route for the 5 Lands Walk has been extended until Friday, November 19.
Following constructive feedback from successful community consultation meetings held at Copacabana and Terrigal last month the deadline has been extended due to the large volume of community interest.
Developed in 2006, by Gosford Council with community organisations and local Aboriginal people, the 5 Lands Walk event has been an annual cultural, physical and spiritual journey comprising a nine kilometre walk through five coastal villages – Macmasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca, North Avoca and Terrigal.
Plans to make the walking track a permanent feature of our local landscape are currently underway with the Masterplan providing the blueprint for an improved and integrated network of walking tracks linked to lookouts, viewing platforms, local communities and other key visitor sites.
Project Officer, Mr Chris Lear said there has been a lot of discussion among the community regarding the alternatives for a permanent route which are currently on display.
“The routes on offer have provoked much thought and discussion, as well as stimulated other ideas and suggestions which we are taking into consideration.
“The Masterplan must consider and balance a number of different priorities such as construction cost, maintenance cost, benefits to the whole community including providing links and safe passageways for residents and tourists alike, as well as environmental considerations and educational opportunities.
“None of the concept suggestions have been formally accepted at this point and any residents wishing to view the alternate routes should visit www.5landswalk.com.au where they can download feedback forms to submit their suggestions,” Mr Lear said.
Mr Lear said Council will be continuing with ongoing community consultation throughout the progression of this project.
“Council has now appointed consultants to undertake Natural, Aboriginal and European Heritage Assessments from Macmasters Beach to Terrigal, which will identify opportunities and constraints along the way.
“We will be appointing landscape architects to create the Masterplan later this month and are planning to hold more community consultation meetings early in the New Year to encourage continuing community involvement throughout the next stage of this project,” said Mr Lear.
8 Nov 2010
Alison Hood, Council Media