Applause erupted in the council chamber gallery on Thursday as councillors unanimously voted to request amendments to the Ferry Reserve Plan of Management (PoM) by Reflections Holiday Parks.
Councillors are asking for Reflections’ PoM to be amended so ‘the northern boundary… of the Ferry Reserve Holiday Park aligns with the northern side of the existing road formation.’
Additionally, Council are asking the NSW government-run corporation that ‘all grassed foreshore area, as a consequence of this change, is left as a foreshore parkland for shared use with members of the general public and the park’s patrons’.
Former disgraced Labor MP Tony Kelly handed the Council-managed Brunswick Heads parks to the NSW government-run corporation over a decade ago.
And ever since, the corporation – under different names and CEOs – has been at loggerheads with Council and staunch residents, who have repeatedly opposed the subsuming of remaining public lands under Council’s management for commercial activities. If the amendments are accepted, it may draw the issues to a close.
Resident Patricia Warren says, ‘The manner in which the motion, put forward by Crs Coorey and Ndiaye, was responded to by all councillors showed respect for the community’s long-held position on this issue and they deserve to be acknowledged and congratulated on their resolution.’
Council’s submission for the PoM ‘Notes lack of compliance at Ferry Reserve regarding the regular incursion into foreshore areas by park visitors,’ and, ‘Notes the degradation of the foreshore area and the loss of mature trees and vegetation on Ferry Reserve foreshore.’