by Max Castle, Vice President RFA of NSW
Recent plans for the Batemans Bay Foreshore released by Eurobodalla Council show that a fishing platform (above) that was proposed by John Holland, bridge contractor and included in their final plans presented to the community some time ago has not been included in the current plans being exhibited by Council. The plans were originally drawn up after advice from the Community Foreshore Consultation Committee.
No explanation has been provided to date.
The platform would provide interaction between land/water attracting the community to the foreshore for just one of the many planned activities envisaged.
Apart from general community use it was considered the Fishing Platform could also be used for Fisheries Education Days and school fishing excursions and special events. A suggested improvement would be to swing the platform around so the longer side faces the water to maximize the fishing space available.
As can be seen from the photo above fishing is very popular especially for children. Their parents were enjoying a coffee or shopping in the Bay recently, a key objective identified by the initial Community Foreshore Consultation Committee.