Safety upgrades for Mylestom Tidal Pool

Published on 09 July 2024


Mylestom Tidal Pool and Alma Doepel Park is set for a facelift with almost a quarter of a million dollars being injected into North Beach Reserve to address safety and maintenance concerns.

Bellingen Shire Council was the successful recipient of $246,575 under the Crown Reserve Improvement Fund (CRIF) which supports repairs, maintenance and improvements on Crown reserves.

Member for Oxley, Michael Kemp said this funding will benefit the Mylestom community by enhancing the cultural, sporting and recreational uses of this much-loved space.

“Investing in necessary improvements for the Mylestom tidal pool means our community has an asset they can be proud of and be able to use with minimal risk of injury.

“The upgrades will improve the overall structural stability, minimise trip hazards from splinters and exposed screws. While the new railings and bollards will formalise areas within the Reserve to prevent erosion and damage to vegetation through unauthorised activities,” Mr Kemp said.

Bellingen Shire Council Mayor, Cr. Steve Allan said this is a big win for the Mylestom community and allows Council to invest in shared spaces and provide accessible, well-maintained facilities for the entire community.

“These funds are going to help us tackle some key safety and maintenance issues at the Reserve. We’ll be replacing the decking and shark netting, installing new bracings, and adding bollards and railings.

“Council has been listening to our communities across the Shire and we’re committed to working hard to submit competitive grant applications that meet the needs of our growing region,” Mr Allan said.


North Beach Community Alliance Spokesperson Trevor Williams said this is a fantastic outcome for the community and will enhance the tourism appeal for the area.

“The community has been making submissions for over two decades to fund repairs to the damaged tidal pool.

“We are very pleased that we can finally start seeing repairs, so we can continue to use this asset into the warmer months,” Mr Williams said.

The Oxley Electorate received a total of $791,977 dollars under the CRIF for eight projects. Other projects include:

  • Beechwood Recreation Reserve Land Manager, upgrade of septic system at Beechwood Recreation Reserve, $25,000
  • Bellingen Shire Council, weed control and maintenance across Bellingen, Raleigh and Urunga, $51,833
  • Collombatti Public Hall Land Manager, remove and install new deck at Collombatti Hall, $42,065
  • Kempsey Shire Council, control Tropical Soda Apple Weed across KSC Macleay River Catchment, $44,000
  • Kempsey Shire Council, high priority weed control at Stuarts Point, Grassy Head and Middle Head, $27,500
  • Kempsey Shire Council, reduction of Cockspur Coral Tree at Bellimbopinni, Austral Eden, Gladstone, Summer Island and Jeseryville reserves and waterways, $22,000
  • Kempsey Showground Association Incorporated, safety and facility upgrades at Kempsey Showground including roads, electrical, Oxley Hall, Western Hall, fencing and sewer replacement, $333,004

The CRIF 2023-24 offered funding for 144 projects totalling $14.578m to maintain and upgrade facilities and reserves on government-owned land.

Media Release - supplied by Michael Kemp MP Member for Oxley


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