George Kirkwood's ideas about potential improvements at Flynns Beach Reserve

Top spot: Jenny Stevenson and George Kirkwood regularly visit Flynns Beach. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Top spot: Jenny Stevenson and George Kirkwood regularly visit Flynns Beach. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Flynns Beach is the best beach in town but it could do with more shade and another beach access, Port Macquarie’s George Kirkwood says.

The Port News asked beachgoers their thoughts as Port Macquarie-Hastings Council turned its attention to developing a master plan to provide a future vision for Flynns Beach Reserve.

The council is seeking community input as part of the process.

Mr Kirkwood, a Flynns Beach regular, believes more shade structures, solid enough to withstand the wind but not too obtrusive, are needed.

“Even though this is the best beach for shade, you can’t get enough of it,” he said.

Mr Kirkwood said another beach access was needed near the front facing parked cars.

He said Flynns Beach was wonderful because it was not too long, it had a lot of greenery and a fantastic kiosk, and it was not too far to the water.

Meanwhile, two holidaymakers from Canberra said the facilities were adequate and they favoured less development rather than more development.

The master plan will be developed in the coming months.

The plan will outline a long term direction for the reserve and will ensure any upgrades meet the needs of the community now, while also considering the region’s future population and tourism growth.

Community members are invited to share their ideas with council staff at pop-up sessions at Flynns Beach on March 14 from 2pm to 4pm, March 18 from 8am to 11am and March 19 from 7am to 10am.

A community think tank is planned on March 24 from 10am to 2pm during which up to to 24 community members will be given the opportunity to work together to prepare a draft master plan.

Those unable to attend a pop-up session, or who wish to register their interest in taking part in the community think tank, can have their say by visiting pmhc.nsw.gov.au/flynns-beach before April 3 or by calling the council on 6581 8111.

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