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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Our #Council & Our #Community Engagement - a 2 way discussion. Are we listening?

The Editor,

Recently I attended a community meeting at Pretty Point, Malua Bay. The Community is concerned about the proposed sale of the only green space in the area.

This video link gives a good summary of community concern. Not only must we as a Council hear our community, we must listen!

The land was given to the community years ago for Council to manage. With more and more developmental pressure in NSW it is vital that we have a vision for maintaining open spaces for our community. Spaces for exercise, fun, shade, picnics, gatherings, community events & even a bit of room for the local echidna that lives at Pretty Point.

With so much developmental pressure in places throughout the Shire this is an important conversation.

Before the Council election at a meeting with the Bay Chamber I shared a few thoughts about how we can create vibrant town centres while preserving the very thing that attracts our tourists - the beach and bush.

We need to get the balance right. We live on the magnificent nature coast and there is a balance to be found with development and conservation. Not sure we have it right just at the moment.

With tourism such a key part of our economy on the Eurobodalla - South Coast NSW and more and more visitors coming to our area, we need to be very intentional about our planning. But this needs a conversation with our community, otherwise it just happens! We need to hear the communities voice, such as at Pretty Point, for it is Your Land, not Councils. We just happen to manage it on your behalf. So your view, opinion, concern count; it must count!

Great to hear your thoughts. Cheers Anthony Mayne

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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