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I sent a letter to this chap who did research on all the ‘Avenues of Honour’ of WW1 tree plantings in honour of the fallen, including those at The Terrace Reserve in Brunswick Heads. His response is below.
This is a park of great significance to us in Brunswick Heads. It’s historical importance is invaluable.
We must get caravans etc out of this park!
Primitive camping would be much more suitable or otherwise full restoration as a ‘contemplative’ park for picnickers and river users etc.
A proper ramp launching area for kayaks could be developed to prevent erosion on the banks near the little beach.
This memorial park should not be degraded any longer.
It belongs to the community of Brunswick Heads for locals to remember their soldiers’ bravery and to contemplate the ridiculous concept of people dying often for an agenda that is not fully understood.

Hi Sarah,

Delighted for your prompt on the Avenues of Honour Project blog site.  Sorry to hear that the local community at Brunswick Heads is dealing with conservation issues for the memorial plantings in your patch.

Up until recently the Avenues of Honour Project had not captured any record relating to Brunswick Heads, NSW.

Please find attached a link to a downloadable document, the latest update of a project undertaken by passionate enthusiasts and researchers from the Australian Garden History Society, which has this small snippet:

NSW, Brunswick Heads, Park Street (south of) and adjacent to Terrace Road, Terrace Reserve Holiday Park (southern part of), 8/1918+, ‘forest’ of c.150 coastal cypress pines (Callitris sp.) in a grid pattern c.4-5m apart, a joint venture of Brunswick Assn. and Council to commemorate local servicemen and women.  106 remain. Now managed by Crown Holiday Parks. Issues with proposed removal of 6 claimed in poor condition, intensification of the use of this former overflow area of the park. Byron Shire Council are seeking an Interim Heritage Order and requiring accurate mapping of remaining trees (this species is listed as threatened under State Threatened Species legislation) and modification of the park’s plan of management to recognise and manage their value (IFPW);

               Source:  ‘Avenues of Honour, Memorial & other Avenues, Lone Pines’, Australian Garden History Society publication, updated June 2016, page 13.

Glenn (on behalf of the AoH Team)

Sarah Buchanan, Brunswick Heads

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