Crown Lands

Funds flow to councils for flood repairs

Media Release | 15 September 2022

An iconic coastal walk near Port Macquarie and a popular campground near Macksville have been restored following clean-up and repair work funded by the NSW Government’s Flood Recovery Program.

The Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands has provided $72,590 to Port Macquarie Hastings Council to reimburse repairs to the town’s iconic coastal walk, and $34,000 to Nambucca Valley Council for its repairs at Gumma Reserve Campground.

The coastal walk and campground are on Crown land reserves managed by the Councils.

The ‘doctors walk’ section of Port Macquarie’s coastal walk was severely impacted in February-March 2021 when a landslip washed away a section of walkway leaving the site inaccessible to the public.

The coastal walk is a wonderful asset for the Port Macquarie community offering a peaceful walk through trees and with amazing views across the ocean.

The footpath has been safely repaired, a handrail reinstated, and the embankment   stabilised and replanted. Unstable material has been removed to prevent it washing into the ocean and impacting the marine ecosystem.

Gumma Reserve Campground near Macksville was also inundated requiring repairs to power supplies, restoring of drinking water, and removal of sand and silt.

Gumma Reserve is a popular campground in a beautiful and peaceful location on the banks of Warrell Creek at Macksville, offering campsites, a grassed area and a boat ramp to relax and unwind.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the funding was provided as part of statewide Flood Recovery Programs supported by the NSW and Federal Governments.

“Our Flood Recovery Programs rebuild and strengthen communities while employing people and boosting local economies,” Mr Anderson said.

“We are investing in communities across NSW to repair important infrastructure, cultural heritage and recreational and cultural assets.”

The 'doctors walk' section of Port Macquarie's coastal walk landslip.
The 'doctors walk' section of Port Macquarie's coastal walk landslip.
Gumma Reserve Campground near Macksville.
Gumma Reserve Campground near Macksville.