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David Kolb, Brunswick Head

When Mathew O’Reilly spoke to Council regarding heritage listing for parts of Brunswick Heads he was quoted saying ‘The benefit for Brunswick Heads is that we can get architecture that fits in with the holiday village/ fishing village aesthetic of the town, rather than the cubist, modern buildings that don’t fit in with what Brunswick Heads wants.’

This is not a statement against development, it is a considered request to have our village respected, and for us to be able to enjoy the same controls on the outward appearance of developments as much as the rest of the Shire’s towns and villages already enjoy.

If Richardson’s semi-quotes from the gallery that he used against heritage listing are true; ie, ‘Brunswick Heads was “nothing more than a town of surf shacks and should remain that way”’, and ‘It worries me when I hear “Bruns is full of ‘50s surf shacks and we don’t want cubist buildings”’, then I’m appalled.

I’m saddened that he has used word grabs, out of context, to somehow discredit reasonable, intelligent dialogue with the community.

Is the mayor and Council really supporting massive flat-sided block buildings that look more like wartime bunkers? Are you really saying this, or have you been misquoted?

If not, please explain. If this is correct, Mayor Richardson, Michael Lyon, Paul Spooner, and Alan Hunter should be ashamed of where your engagement with community went.


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