Originally published 21Sep2010
Land grab at Brunswick Heads foreshore
What's going on at Brunswick Heads? As I understand it, the current operators of the Brunswick Heads caravan park are attempting a land grab of the foreshore and various other parts of the caravan park which could mean that crown land with public access could become available only to wealthy holidaymakers.
An article in last week's Echo outlines the situation http://www.echo.net.au/node/79105
and the following submission has arrived in my inbox. There are 2 days left to send a submission.
Thanks for your support.
SUBMISSION for: The Manager, Land and Property Management Authority, North Coast Region
Re: Brunswick Heads Crown Reserve Caravan Parks Future Plans of Management.
I HAVE READ AND DO AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING IDEAS AND OBJECTIONS.
NAME: ____________________________________________________________ D.O.B: / /
ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________________ POST CODE: _______________
I HAVE READ AND AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS
The Brunswick Heads community expects LPMA"s new Plans of Management (POM"s) to reflect best practice and exhibit the highest standards in the management and redevelopment of our crown reserve foreshore parklands. The Brunswick Heads community demands accurate and detailed diagrams and maps that are properly surveyed and labelled with existing and preferred boundaries and including all legally required setbacks and buffer zones as well as accurate site descriptions, coding, keys and correct mapping protocols. Future plans must include the following:
No to rezoning public road reserves into the operational area of any of the caravan parks until there is a Stakeholders' Meeting and boundary issues are resolved. Must provide a 5m buffer zone outside the caravan park precinct within which there is public access along the top of the riverbanks at the Terrace & Massy Greene holiday parks. Mangroves, trees etc, beaches and bank to be restored and left as natural.
NO to fencing of these Holiday Parks as this will only prevent the public, the holiday and permanent residents from the casual and open use of this reserve.
Must retain primitive camping only in southern precinct in Terrace Reserve . Overflow south of this area to be left for the public and holiday-makers for recreational use (cricket etc) with primitive camping only in peak times (school and public holidays). Camping on internal (northern precinct) road verges must cease for safety reasons and improvement of amenity.
Should prohibit large (length and height to be determined) caravans from Terrace Park to improve traffic flow in Fingal St, reduce congestion, overcrowding and to prevent the need for road works/tree lopping/tree removal in Southern Precincts. This park is too close to town and large rigs are dangerous, awkward and slow. Busy times they block emergency precincts & roads
Must provide and limit adequate car, boat and trailer parking within the parks and 1 visitor space for every 5 sites.
No to designated walkway/s through Banner & Memorial Parks except possibly across the NE side of the Norfolk pines and only using material like road base to prevent the use by skate boards but adequate for wheel chairs and bikes.
Replace dying or dead Norfolk Pines with Norfolk pines.
Relocate public toilets and include Disabled and Baby-changing cubicles in Terrace Park (possibly adjacent to playground area south edge of park) whilst retaining the Sound Shell amenity (existing toilets for use by speakers/performers etc as dressing room etc).
Review number, size and location of Cabin Precincts in both Massy Greene and Terrace reserves. No to internal swimming pools in either of the three Holiday Parks.
Do consider seriously the creation of a small water feature playground and in-ground swimming pool for children and adults alike. Possibly adjacent to or near the beach north of memorial park. This will attract tourists to our town and be a welcome amenity for the locals.
No cabin/demountable structures set on foreshore or public walkways in both Reserves.
Retain existing tent/van sites as preferred in Massy Green Park, remove caravan slabs" from within 3m of intended public walkway at The Terrace Park
Limit number of cabins to 10% of sites in both Parks.
Maintain 30% of sites in both Parks for permanent sites.
Review the need for Manager to be resident on site at the Terrace. Manager"s House could be Backpackers/office.
Review road closures to enable upgrade of public roads and provide pedestrian/cycle pathway & additional carparking along The Terrace/Park St. & in Tweed St (Eastern boundary of Massy Greene).
Review Marine Reserve foreshore buffer zone, (retain 20m minimum) to improve emergency, council and public access to rock wall/boat moorings and ramp on Western boundary in Massey Greene. Non motorised boat shelter & amenity block (toilets/showers/laundry) for all boat users.
Oppose the closure of Riverside Crescent and incorporate the Crown Reserve Open Space into the foreshore rehabilitation plans for the Ferry Reserve.
Some tourism destroys that which it seeks to exploit. (G. Bliss 2010)
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Email submissions by MIDNIGHT 23RD SEPT. 2010 to: CLWR.NorthCoastRegion@lpma.nsw.gov.au
Send by mail to: The Manager, Land Management North Coast Crown Lands Division, LPMA PO Box 272 Grafton NSW 2460
Feedback to be received by the 24th September 2010 *TO BE SAFE SEND BY 12.00 midnight, 23RD SEPT.
Cheers from the 'I SEE RED!' group,
Sarah Buchanan sarahsongbird@hotmail.
'Squeeze every moment......'