Amanda Walton, Wategos Beach.
Whilst I fully support the concept of developing a masterplan for the Byron foreshore and using an expert to do it, I can only hope that the brief for McGregor Coxall is to tread very lightly on the landscape.
Whilst they are internationally recognized and do some amazing work, their redevelopment of Acland Street St Kilda makes many of us cry every time we walk down there with appalling shopping-centre style fake palm shelters dotting the street.
Maybe they should also have a look at the recent Wategos remediation works where we should have had native grasses and plants instead of half dead grass/weeds along the boardwalks, a more natural surface instead of a yellow concrete for the walkway, ideally meandering and softened around the edges with plants, and a less visually obtrusive solution to keeping cars off the walkway than a dense line of unattractive bollards.
Some weed control and replanting on the foreshore would help as well.
Some of the Wategos charm has been lost.