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As both the population of the Brunswick area and the number of visiting tourists steadily rise, one of the most popular spots for swimming during the high tide is between the Torakina car-bridge and the footbridge 200 metres further south. An assortment of swimmers, canoeists and others take advantage of this section of the river.

Of recent concern is the number of motorised boats that slalom between users in what is basically a large swimming pool. Some years back there was a sign warning that a ‘4mph limit’ should be abided by. That sign disappeared, but given the popularity of this swimming area, it may now be time for Council, or the relevant authority, to ban all motorised craft from this area before any accident?

Last week three dinghies were swerving through people. A pilot of one such boat was sipping from a stubby

Our Council has a challenging job attempting to get the right balance between all users of our waterways, and recent work on the steps and rock wall banks has been a much-appreciated improvement. But here we have an accident waiting to happen. Many kilometres of the Brunswick River would still remain available to motorised boats. Banning them from our naturally forming high tide pool to ensure the safety of children and adults would seem a no-brainer.

Gerard Stewart, Ocean Shores

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