Sarah Buchanan, Brunswick Heads
While I feel the waterfront residents of The Terrace park regarding the planned retreat from a very compromised riverbank, for them to now be grasping at straws in the form of a 1980s council GM’s invitation for them all to wear a ‘Guardian’ badge and act as sentries to the river bank and to live out their lives on this foreshore is now, 30 years later, irrelevant and a bit like saying that people should be able to wear seat belts only if they felt like it.
A lot has happened in 30 years and laws, habits, ideas etc change to more closely reflect popular opinion, safety issues and common sense. Your guardianship of the river bank has failed, understandably, as it would cost an arm and a leg to rectify past negligence.
As for the notion that the Brunswick Heads Foreshore Protection Group does not truly represent the people of Bruns then please explain to me why the ‘Taking Care of Brunswick’ campaign of a few years ago, maintaining the foreshore and finishing the walkway as well as walkway lighting etc, received twice as many votes from the people of Brunswick Heads as all the other initiatives put forward?
Their safety, the health and resilience of the riverbank, the completion of this riverside walkway from Ferry Reserve right through to Bayside for public use and the upholding of the minimum 30 per cent of permanent residents in this park are all so close to being realised. We are not waging a vendetta against any of them and stand to gain nothing except an outcome that is in the best interests of all residents in this town.
The shoring up, regenerating and laying the walkway on this bank will not be cheap so they will be asked to move back off the edge to allow this work to proceed. They should appreciate the time they have enjoyed on the riverbank and realise the good sense of moving structures off a crumbling bank.
This battle is for the greater good and in that spirit I suspect the whole community will rally and help all affected residents to achieve an easy shift to other areas within the new Terrace Park boundaries with as little stress and difficulty as is possible.