Michele Grant – Convenor, Foreshore Protection Group
Council will be considering approval for Plans of Management (POM) for Massy Greene and Ferry Reserve holiday parks on Thursday.
While there is overall agreement with the Massy Greene plans, there is overwhelming opposition to Ferry’s plan to expand the holiday park to include Riverside Crescent road reserve. The 20m-wide road reserve land includes an 8m tarred road and 12m of grassed foreshore land. The community will retain a 7m strip along the riverbank for a shared path/cycleway within the public realm.
The proposal to include Riverside Crescent within Ferry Reserve Holiday Park will significantly lessen the amount of open space along the foreshore – not increase or improve public space as claimed in the POM.
With wild weather upon us, Council must adopt the precautionary principle and insist Ferry’s operational boundary remains along Riverside Cres. We insist Council retain the strip of land between the tarred road and the riverbank as the legally required buffer zone, so it remains open recreational space for shared use.
The impact of heavy vehicles and campers is obvious. It is BSC’s responsibility to ensure our holiday parks are appropriately managed and maintain safe operating standards and conditions. Don’t cave in to the beancounters who always make profits the priority instead of protecting our environment and social values.
Our public land must be retained for shared public use – not corporate profits.