EXPLAINER

Nambucca's Shelly Beach does not have an 'e'.

WRONG: This sign will be replaced by Nambucca Valley Council
WRONG: This sign will be replaced by Nambucca Valley Council

Our story about the spelling of Shell(e)y Beach last week prompted Nambucca's Mike Moriarty to send us this thorough list of sources he checked some time back to confirm the correct spelling of the popular shingle:

  • Topographic Map "Macksville 9436-IS" compiled by Land and Property, Dep't of Info Technology and Management, NSW
  • Nambucca Valley Council's own website including the listing of Shelly Boat Ramp off Shelly Beach Rd
  • Nambucca Valley Council's signage, at least 5 at the Shelly Beach car park, indicating restrictions on its use.
  • "Shelly Beach" is painted on the new amenities block
  • Nambucca Heads Offshore Fishing Club at Shelly Beach
  • Press release by Melinda Pavey, MP of grants under R.M.S, "Boating Now" program for improvements to Shelly Beach, Nambucca
  • Roads and Maritime Services, navigation charts
  • Surf Lifesaving NSW website
  • Listing of "Shelly Beach" as one of the top ten beaches as judged by Brad Farmer and Senator Fiona Nash on behalf of the Prime Minister's Office
  • Coffs Harbour & Grafton "local search" Directory which at Map 44 F5 lists Shelly Beach Road and Shelly Beach
  • Nambucca Shire Guide Directory under headings of Public Amenities
RIGHT: New amenities block at Shelly Beach

RIGHT: New amenities block at Shelly Beach

He also sent the information to the council requesting changes be made to these two incorrect signs:

  • the new brown (double sided) signage at the corner of Ridge and Liston Streets
  • the yellow sign at the corner of Parkes St and Shelly Beach Rd, below the Headland, warning of landslip hazards.

His efforts were acknowledged with a letter to say the changes would be made forthwith ... this was confirmed to the Guardian News yesterday (Monday) by council's Manager Community and Cultural Services, Keith Williams.

"The two signs with the incorrect spelling will be replaced," Mr Williams said.

Mr Moriarty said the council had been open about acknowledging the errors and their willingness to fix them.

"They have a lot on their plate right now. Hopefully the changes would be made before the summer holidays," he said.

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