Signage needed to assist driver education

Vehicle tracks just one metre from nesting dotterels on an Awhitu beach.

Following a story The Post Newspaper ran last month (A waste of time?), regarding lack of permit enforcement for driving on beaches, Awhitu Peninsula Landcare contacted us.

Their concern is that Awhitu Peninsula beaches have a set of council rules, separate to those applied to Karioitahi Beach. However there appears to be little effort and investment, put in to educating drivers on the bylaws.
“We understand that enforcement officers are not regularly able to patrol beach reserves to ensure compliance. What we are at a complete loss to understand, is why Council signage has never been erected, to clearly explain to beach visitors the conditions relating to vehicles on beaches,” said a representative from Awhitu Peninsula Landcare.
They add, “Awhitu Landcare has been requesting this signage for years with many different Council departments, to no avail. Surely cost is not an acceptable excuse, considering the large Council signs recently erected in some areas, such as those advertising ‘opening hours’ for our tiny, remote Awhitu cemeteries.”
Their final plea, “Come on Auckland Council. You made a truly beneficial, brave decision by passing a bylaw to prevent unecessary vehicles on our beaches. Please help locals ensure this important bylaw is widely known and adhered to, by erecting appropriate signs to protect your beach reserves. It takes a long time to change people’s behaviour, but public education is surely the start.”
Issues around driving on our beaches always sparks community concern, and a lack of follow through seems to be a consistent theme.
What are your thoughts? Email: news@thepost.nz

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