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In response to Jim Bolger’s shifty reassurance that public access to the foreshores will be preserved, I urge people to read the fine print in regards to the conditional and restricted access that the public may be granted through the Terrace Reserve.

Because the Plan of Management was designed to be too vast and convoluted for the general public to actually read, allow me to highlight page 43 of The Terrace Reserve POM, titled Public Access:

Clearly the provision of access will occur within the context of a facility that provides homes for the Park’s long term residents as well as sites and accommodation for visitors to Brunswick Heads. Therefore the availability of access will be subject to the following protocol which has been established by the Reserve Trust:

·       Public access will generally be permitted during the office hours of the Holiday Park reception;
·       Pedestrians must use the designated access route within the Holiday Park;
·      Pedestrians moving through the Holiday Park must comply with relevant Park rules including those in relation to animals, noise and general behavior;
·       Pedestrians must not interfere with the quiet enjoyment of residents and guests;
·       Pedestrians are not permitted to use Holiday Park facilities;
·       Pedestrians must follow the instructions of the Park managers and their staff;
·       The Reserve Trust reserves the right to permanently exclude a person from the Park; and
·       Public access may be restricted or suspended at any time at the discretion of the ReserveTrust to respond to operational and management requirements;

Pedestrian access by the general public will generally be suspended at the discretion of the Reserve Trust at the following times;
·       Outside the office hours of the Holiday Park reception;
·       During school holidays, public holidays and long weekends; and
·       At any time when such action is necessary to ensure the safety, welfare and security of residents and guests and/or members of the public.

Look at the POM map. You will notice the ‘designated access route’ that the public must not stray from is nowhere near the riverfront. I hear the public crying to be able to saunter along the foreshore and although Jim Bolger claims that ‘public access through the Terrace Holiday Park will be maintained’ there is a despicable loophole in the conditional terms which can completely deny public access at any point.

Mothers beware, do not have the wool pulled over your eyes. Protect your parks. The Terrace Playground and the footbridge entry on the map falls within the proposed fenced off area for exclusive use of holiday park guests.

It may be proposed to build another public playground and footbridge to appease the public, but this is a smoke screen for their land grab.

Profit is paramount to North Coast Holiday Parks and we have no guarantee that the public’s right to our foreshore will be adhered to or that another playground or bridge will be built for the rest of us.

Evidence of their deceitful operations has been seen regarding the barricading of a public road and cutting off public access to the boat ramp at Ferry Reserve without notice.

Bolger has stated last week that ‘the draft POM for Ferry Reserve specifically authorizes the ongoing use of the boat ramp by members of the general public.’ The controversial barricades are still there.

My concern is that this stealthy theft of our public parks will eventually spread like a virus across more of Bruns, and indeed throughout the foreshores of NSW.

I urge people to be specific about their needs and what is totally unacceptable in their submissions against the Plans Of Management.

We only have until February 21 to email [email protected] and cc [email protected] and Andrew Stoner [email protected].

Don’t just whinge about it, make a submission now and be heard.

Once those fences go up then you will really have something to complain about.

Kelly Dodd, Brunswick Heads holidaymaker, Coogee


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