New slimline safety fencing will be installed at Austinmer’s Brickyard Point, to improve safety at the busy spot.
Council has installed a temporary fence at the point (which has grown in popularity since the Headlands Austinmer Beach opened in 2016).
Council has started work on gaining the necessary approvals to undertake work at this sensitive location.
In the meantime, Council will soon move the existing temporary fence to align with the proposed placement of the permanent fence. The new position will put the fence behind the first line of planting in the garden bed, which will help reduce its visual impact. The permanent fence will be a slimline design which will work to minimise its obtrusiveness.
“We know that not everyone will agree with this option, but we believe it’s the best way to keep everyone safe in this area,” says Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works Andrew Carfield. “We take the safety of our community, and in particular our children’s safety, very seriously’’.
“After we had a number of reports of near misses by children playing near the clifftop edge we installed a temporary fence and completed a number of safety inspections,” he says. We also reviewed other coastal sites to see how risk is minimised in similar situations.
“Taking into consideration the height and the sheer cliff face of Brickyard Point, we believe the best way to reduce the risk of an accident at this site is to install a permanent fence that is designed to discourage climbing and we will do this in a way that is as visually unobtrusive as possible.
“The timing for the permanent fencing work will depend on gaining necessary heritage approvals,’’ Mr Carfield said. “However, I’d like to assure everyone that we’re taking the right steps to protect residents, visitors and energetic children when visiting this popular spot.’’