Ariane Minc and Wu Wong, Ocean Shores
There are no ‘Simple Pleasures’ for local residents and ratepayers in Brunswick Heads and surrounds – including native flora and fauna.
The once-regular sightings of dolphins, turtles, goannas, fish diversity, and even echidnas have been usurped by noisy, smelly boats, and hordes of people who are ignorant at best, or, with a ‘don’t give a stuff attitude’ at worst. They are entering and trampling areas of sensitive habitat, often with dogs (eg cordoned off areas for endangered nesting birds).
Our recent encounter with a ‘Bondi Cigar’ (human poo) floating in Simpsons Creek near the footbridge was the latest affront.
Council, Reflections, local businesses and National Parks NSW can argue all they like about finances and responsibilities, but it’s time for urgent, constructive dialogue so sensible solutions can be enacted (‘drastic measures’) before Brunswick Heads is permanently ruined.
In terms of options, paid parking may need to come back on the agenda as the summer months, school holidays, and weekends are unbearable, especially with the enormous influx of day trippers.