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Bruns parks foreshore access will be restricted

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North Coast Holiday Parks (NCHP) and its general manager Jim Bolger continue their disinformation campaign by stating that no foreshore public access will be taken away as part of the Terrace draft plan of management.

They say this at point No. 1 on the website FAQ and the minister’s office (Stoner) has repeated it to both the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC, and in Mr Bolger’s ‘correction’ in the Echo.

I’m told the ABC was about to do a TV story on it until the minister’s office gave them this line.

This is obviously incorrect because their own plan of management shows that around 300 metres will be taken from the public as well as the closest swimming spot for half the town’s population.

There is very restricted access through the back blocks of the Terrace, but not to the foreshore and Midden Beach.

The draft plan of management also states a security fence and total restriction of access will be acceptable if and when park management see fit, basically next time a bike or esky gets pinched.

There will be continued blocking of the public foreshore by old, and some planned new, structures (a camp kitchen).

Stoner and Page have both stated there will be no blocking of access to or along the foreshore so who is telling the lie? I have asked the Herald to correct the minister’s spokesman’s statement.

Also, the petition site has now got over 1,600 signatures in just over a week, more than the population of Brunswick Heads.

Check out some of the comments being made, they are fantastic.

There is a large swell of community objection to these plans .

Remember, you have only until this Saturday to sign the petition (and submissions close Friday), so the politicians will know that our foreshores are for all.

Read the comments, some great quotes, especially one from a previous Terrace occupant that gives the history of the blocking of the foreshore over time.

Mr Bolger is the person who gets all the formal submissions and is responsible for then passing the info on to the minister and the Trust.

He could easily reject any objections to foreshore access by simply saying that it is a non-valid argument.

Considering the misinformation he’s put out there, it’s totally unacceptable for him to be in the position of collecting, collating and reporting on all submissions.

I would say it is a huge injustice on the community and a total conflict of interest.

Sean O’Meara, Foreshore Protection Group

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