TRC has a strong track record of developing strategies, plans and product proposals that attract support, investment and funding. We pay attention to implementation needs, financial and commercial imperatives, and the potential for partnerships and funding sources to assist progression of our recommendations.

A great example is the news of a $3.4 million grant from the NSW government for the creation of the Five Headlands Coastal Experience – a multi-day nature and marine based experience along the Macleay Coastline.

TRC was engaged by Kempsey Shire Council to develop a trail audit and business case for the project, linking the five headlands as an integrated and unique coastal walking and kayaking experience that includes four of the Macleay Valley’s outstanding national parks.

The trail extends from Grassy Head in the north following the coastline and walking trails to Point Plomer in the South, linking the communities and attractions of Crescent Head, Hat Head, South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Grassy Head. It has the potential to activate each village and drive increased activity in accommodation, eateries, recreation activities and rest areas within a coastal reserve.

By connecting the most notable coastal walking tracks in the region to form a 100 km experience that connects the existing attractions and coastal villages the Five Headlands Coastal Experience has the potential to become a ‘hero’ experience for domestic and international visitors. It will also provide access for the local community to further explore the scenic coastline.

Investment in the Five Headlands Coastal Experience will raise the profile of the region as a leading nature tourism destination and will support Kempsey Shire Council, NPWS, and the NSW Government’s efforts to encourage high-quality tourism experiences that generate economic and employment benefits for the regional and State economies.