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December 2, 2021

Bruns parks shelter a lost opportunity

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David Temple’s response to my criticisms of the design, siting and orientation of the shelter on South Beach Park, wherein I considered and reasoned it as poor planning, did question its usability.

Perhaps David’s reference to his observed patronage, when the barricades came down may have confused a gathering of the descendents of the deceased with public patronage?

Surely, a longitudinal profile of its patronage, as opposed to a moment in time, has more credibility?

However, the original letter did not go far enough. There was no DA which would have given opportunity to engage stakeholder consultation.

Given the sensitivity of locals to what is happening in their parklands, it is remiss of a Byron Council staffer to make a discretionary judgement as to what would be appropriate for the park particularly when there is a draft Plan of Management done by the Brunswick Heads Progress Association circa 25 May 2005. Council may still have a copy of it?

Surely, what has happened has set an unwanted and disturbing precedent.

Given the artistic, innovative and creative people in Brunswick Heads, the shelter stands as a lost opportunity to bring those talents to a project which has such public visibility unless Council is prepared to take responsibility for what has happened and reconsider the design and siting of the shelter and bring it into line with the intent of the draft plan of management?

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads


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