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April 17, 2021

Toilets in Bruns to get some well deserved attention

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Terrace Reserve, Banner Park and Torakina Reserve will finally see an upgrade to toilets and amenities. Image supplied.

Residents of Brunswick Heads have been contacting council, Reflections Holiday Parks and writing letters to The Echo and Echonetdaily for years lamenting the state of public toilets and amenities. Their persistence has finally paid off with the announcement of funding for upgrade and refurbishment of amenities across Terrace Reserve, Banner Park and Torakina Reserve.

Reflections Holiday Parks has received approval for $1,227,000 in funding from the NSW government to provide better amenities for the residents and visitors to the area.

‘We are thrilled that after so many years we are getting the upgrade,’ said Kim Rosen, coordinator of the Brunswick Heads visitors centre and member of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

’The Chamber had liaised with the Progress Association and applied for a grant to refurbish the amenities in Brunswick Heads last year but we didn’t get it. We were able to pass on these plans on to Reflections who then incorporated a number of features from those plans including the accessible shower.

‘We are just really happy we are getting the upgrades, it has been an embarrassment for such a long time.’

The plan for the Torakina Reserve upgrade. Image supplied.

The amenity upgrades across the three reserves are expected to be completed progressively over the coming months. They will include new fixtures, fittings, tiles and painting as well as the inclusion of accessible toilets and showers.

The amenity blocks will be cllosed for six to eight weeks each during refurbishment. The first amenities off the block will be the Torakina Reserve. This will be followed by work on the Terrace Reserve then Banner Park.

‘We have awarded stage one of this important project to AGS Commercial,’ Reflections Holiday Parks CEO Steve Edmonds said. 

The second stage will look at work to repair the revetment wall and improved access to Simpsons Creek via the concrete stairs.

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  1. Just hope you don’t get the abominations visited on Byron Bay. They’re always scuzzie and you get americaned at.

  2. For heavens sake Mr. Edmonds and Crown Trust board, it has taken you 13 years to realise that these amenities could not be made clean because they have not been refurbished between 40 and 50 years ago?

    Why didn’t you own your recalcitrance and apologise for your ignorance of what has been going down on your watch? The board should be embarrassed and ashamed and should not be taking credit for something it should have been working towards remedying over ten years ago without first apologising for your enaction to date. Only three months ago the board was claiming it had nothing to do with the condition and stench of the toilets, however now your all ‘how wonderful are we’. Explain why you didn’t go looking for this grant over 10 years ago?

    What is the Trust going to do now about keeping its holiday park development at The Ferry reserve completely off the foreshore? I have spent months researching and what I’ve found is that our forefathers have, since before the 1960’s, worked toward keeping the foreshore park clear of caravans, camper vans and trailers. From 1970, except for individuals acting outside of councils edicts and without authorisation allowing tents, it has been kept as open public park land for all to enjoy as it should remain. We should not have to be writing hundreds of letters to get you lot to protect our foreshore lands, yet this is what is happening.

    The Ferry reserve before 1970 was land designated for “Public Recreation”, not holiday parks. People on the road could camp there overnight, but also picnic there, or build a shed, jetty or repair a boat there as well as other uses. It certainly did not operate as a Holiday Park since 1952 as was claimed in the press and on radio. I’ve just gone through the Progress Associations minutes from the 50’s forward, nothing redacted by the way, and The Ferry Reserve was not even mentioned until July the first, 1957!

    Council loosely, very loosely, oversaw it in those days. Council wanted our Progress Association who then managed the two “camping grounds” here being the ‘Main one’ and Massy-Greene, to “….take it over and build up underdeveloped areas”….such as The Ferry Reserve. It is true that those who used The Ferry area to camp on for a holiday, were sometimes charged a fee, but it was also available free of charge to use as park land meant for ‘public recreation’. Paying a fee does not a holiday park make Mr. Edmonds.

    Let’s embrace our forefather’s wisdom concerning public amenity of foreshore park land everywhere and work together to retain the foreshore park land rather than the paltry 7 meter usable strip envisaged by the Reflections corporation as a foot path at The Ferry foreshore. David D. Kolb


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