This summer, Wollongong Council is rolling out beach matting at Thirroul, to improving ease of access to beaches for everyone.
The beach matting provides a stable non-slip surface to travel on the sand and will make it easier for people with disability, people with limited mobility and even parents with prams.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said he was pleased to see the matting making an appearance.
“Our beaches are for everyone, and they are set to be as busy as ever this summer season,’’ he said.
“The addition of this matting means that more of our residents and visitors will get to enjoy the beauty that our beaches have to offer. Fresh sea air and sand between your toes is one of life’s simple joys and by having this matting out on our beaches means it’s easier for people to take advantage of what’s on our doorstep.’’
The beach matting was originally developed and deployed in both Afghanistan and Iraq by the US Military and coalition troops for beach landing operations. The same design features now provide an effective means of enhanced public access for all, across our beaches. It is made from 100% recycled polyester, and is resistant to UV, and can be rolled up and moved as required.
The 2019/2020 beach season officially launches this weekend, on the 28 September.
“In addition to the beach matting, Council also has beach wheelchairs that are available for booking. They’re available at Thirroul, North Wollongong and City Beach beaches and can be booked by calling the beach services team on 42277268.