Pearl Beach has a special environment that allows people to be in a village surrounded by bushland and native birds and animals, and close to beautiful waterways and a National Park. Increasingly it is being shown that a more natural environment is beneficial for the wellbeing of communities and of individuals. The Pearl Beach Environment Group (PBEG) has recently been reformed (February 2021) to promote retention of the special environmental character of Pearl Beach.
PBEG is a community group that has the support of the Pearl Beach Progress Association (PBPA). PBEG currently has some 80 supporters comprising full-time residents, property owners and regular visitors to Pearl Beach. The Arboretum, Dune Care, Bush Care and WaterWatch programs in Pearl Beach remain very active with many community volunteers. PBEG seeks to coordinate activities with these other environmental groups in Pearl Beach and with the Pearl Beach Aboriginal History Group.
The “object” of PBEG is to “protect and enhance the environment and encourage nature conservation within the village of Pearl Beach”. PBEG take the definition of ‘environment’ in its broadest sense which includes both the ‘built’ and the ‘natural’ environment; and the environmental ‘setting’ of Pearl Beach.
The efforts of the Pearl Beach community to protect the special environment of the village can be dated back at least to the 1970s when Gosford City Council was lobbied to create the Crommelin Native Arboretum. In 1989 the PBPA presented the “Pearl Beach Plan of Management” to Council. The Plan of Management was prepared by consultants with wide community consultation. It included many recommendations relating to preserving the special character of Pearl Beach. In June 1990, Council formally adopted as policy several of the recommendations made in the Plan of Management. Part 5.10 of the Gosford DCP 2014 provides specific controls for Pearl Beach which enables Council to implement that policy.
Useful Links (Thanks to the Central Coast Community Better Planning Group):
- Planning Alerts
- Toolkit for Development Application Information
- Regional and Local Planning Panels
- Tree Information
- Subscribe to NSW Planning for information on new “planning proposals”
- Code of Conduct for the Short-term Rental Accommodation Industry
- Central Coast Council Current Development Applications
- Central Coast Council Application on Exhibition Search
The Pearl Beach Environment Group acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet.