The North Byron Parklands we have read about as now being a pristine area that has gone through intensive restoration by tree-planting, a new entrance road, refurbishing the wildlife corridor is wonderful; we in Ocean Shores only have a Council-forsaken parkland, namely Water Lily Park, which is now unkempt, uncared for and the lake covered with weed that not even ducks visit. So to get away from it all last Sunday with our friends we eagerly travelled to the so called North Byron Parklands for a picnic outing. Behold: on arriving we were met with two huge padlocked gates.
Unbelievable! Sadly we drove home heavy hearted and checked our Webster’s dictionary. Yes there it was: ‘a parkland is a tract of land set aside for public use’.
Hopefully by the time the council reads this they have unlocked the gates for the public or ripped off the word parkland from the imposing entrance sign.
Wilf Sprengel, Ocean Shores