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The draft master plan for the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour is on display

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The draft master plan for the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour has finally been released. The NSW Department of Primary Industry – Lands and Water (DPI) began working on the master plan process in April 2015 consulting with local land holders and residents to determine how to proceed with plans to rejuvenate the site.

According to the statement from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin ‘Among the suggested improvements are an additional boat ramp, new car and trailer parking spaces, improved public spaces and picnic facilities, and new floating pontoons for mooring recreational and commercial vessels.’

Backfill was laid filling in the old slipway at Brunswick Heads boat harbour in mid-January. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The backfilling of the defunct commercial slipway  in mid-January by the DPI drew criticism from the owner of the now closed Brunswick Fish Coop, William Silverman. Silverman questioned the DPIs motives in going ahead with filling in the slipway prior to the release fo the draft master plan. He stated that  the DPI ‘are trying to sideline people like ourselves who have something really positive to contribute’ and that the DPI had excluded them from the masterplan process.

At that point a DPI spokesperson said ‘Removal of the slipway is shown in a stakeholder-preferred layout which was agreed to in September 2016 as part of the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour Master Plan.’

The draft master plan is on display at the Brunswick Heads Library and Byron Shire Council Office in Mullumbimby from 20 February to 1 May 2018.

Community drop-in days will be held on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February at the Sonny Coles Memorial Pavilion.

‘The Brunswick Heads community has a clear vision to protect the “simple pleasures” of their town, so the plan promotes walking, cycling and recreational marine activities to complement the coastal charm of the region,’ said Mr Franklin.

‘The plan will prioritise public access to the riverfront and allow for more open space, which will enhance the environmental, social and economic benefits of the harbour.’

For more information on the draft master plan, relevant reports, and previous consultation visit the Crown Lands website

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