Kiama Municipal Council has begun preparations for hosting the World Surf League Junior Championships, which begin January 4 at Bombo Beach.
General Manager Michael Forsyth said hosting the World Junior Championships meant temporary changes to how the public can access the north end of Bombo Beach.
“While this is a fantastic opportunity for residents and visitors to experience world-class surfing, it does mean some changes to how people would normally access Bombo Beach, before and during the tournament,” Mr Forsyth said.
“The North Bombo top car park will be closed to vehicles from 27 December, and reopen by 16 January at the latest.”
“Drivers will still be able to park on the side of the access road leading to the top car park until the start of surfing on 4 January.”
“Once the tournament starts, surfing fans will be able to use a temporary car park at Bombo Hill Reserve and walk down to the beach.”
Mr Forsyth said this would mean some disruption for residents in streets around Bombo Hill Reserve and the northern end of Bomb Beach.
“Before the event starts there will be a lot of setting up to do, and once the tournament starts, surfing will begin at 7.00am and go as late as 7.00 pm.”
“Obviously this means much more car and pedestrian traffic than residents would normally experience and I appreciate their patience and support during this time.”
Supervising lifeguard Andy Mole said residents and visitors would still be able to use Bombo Beach during the tournament.
“Council lifeguards are working with organisers to ensure there will be space on the beach for members of the public to have a swim or surf themselves.”
“Just look for the flags and if you’re not sure ask a lifeguard.”
Further information: view a map of parking and access arrangements