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Albert Ryan Park dump site

To the Editor An alternative to having a dump site at Albert Ryan Park. For more than 2+ years people have campaigned to firstly save this park and its amenities and now to seek to have the facilities upgraded. Hence I totally agree with point one of Councillor Patrick McGinlays motion to next weeks Council meeting. Now for the question of a dump site on Albert Ryan Park. There is a dump site at Corrigans, though previously noted at busy times is hard to access, but then if Batemans Bay is in one of its peak periods, everywhere is busy and hard to access. Yes, the area of Albert Ryan Park may be large, but it is long and narrow that therefore restricts its design. Albert Ryan Park, if upgraded to its full potential, with modernised disabled facilities, upgraded seating and utilising the whole area as one park, would be used extensively. There are already caravans and motor homes that take advantage of the park, as well as ordinary travellers and locals. With the RMS plans to use the Bowling Club the caravans and motor homes that would normally use that site will venture to Albert Ryan Park. There is no dump site at the Mackay Park Precinct so that is not what is enticing them to stay there. These travellers will soon realise that the Bowling Club Site is not available and will look to the next site close to the CBD. That would be Albert Ryan Park. Does Albert Ryan Park need a dump site that people can dump their toilet and shower refuse? No I don’t agree. So if the town needs another dump site, let's look at Ron Dents suggestion of the roundabout at Surf Beach Tip near the treatment work ponds. Plenty of room. Like Ron, I have also toured in a caravan and agree that people that want to dump their refuse do not mind if it’s a bit further away. So if caravans or motor homes need a dump site they can turn left at the traffic lights on Beach Road and the Highway. Spend a lovely break at Albert Ryan Park, they can then continue to the dump site at Corrigans or lets say Surf Beach, then be enticed to continue along our magnificent Eurobodalla Coast. The same as coming from South. These modern adventurers are up to date with technology and can easily plan a route turning south at the Moruya Bridge and continue along the coast that way. Something they would have missed if they trundled down the highway. This solution would advantage many. Our town and the towns and businesses further down the coast, as well as the tourists who would otherwise have missed this gem of a coastline. I will be writing to our Councillors, Mayor, General Manager and others with my thoughts. I appreciate not everyone will agree and respect their views. So if that happens to be the case I will just agree to disagree. Leah Burke Mogo


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