Brunswick Heads is a special place. Like so many kids, I spent my childhood swimming around the river and meeting my grandfather coming back in from fishing trips.
But the plans to commercialise the foreshore reserves at Brunswick Heads undermines the relaxed and family-friendly character that the town is renowned for.
The idea that the beautiful grassy picnic area behind Torakina Beach would be replaced by a car park, and that an over-size deck would almost engulf Banner Park is unacceptable to locals who treasure Brunswick Heads for being a relaxed and low-key place to enjoy.
The Greens are calling on the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust to go back to the drawing board with their current plans to commercialise the foreshore reserves around Brunswick Heads. Even better, management of the reserves and caravan parks should be retuned back to Council to provide a revenue stream to ratepayers, after being ripped away by the last Labor Government in 2006.
The Greens are committed to returning planning powers back to local communities. Across NSW, both Labor and LNP Governments have removed planning decisions from local communities and handed it over to bureaucrats or developers with a profit motive for public lands.
I’m calling on the National and Labor Party candidates for Ballina to show their hands on this issue and let the community know if they support these inappropriate development plans for Brunswick Heads.
Brunswick Heads is too special to loose.
Tamara Smith, Greens Candidate for Ballina
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