Not happy about development
I live in Hanging Rock and the proposed redevelopment of the Coachouse Marina Resort site will directly impact me.
The proposal looks to channel all the vehicles of 320 apartment owners plus every service vehicle and every delivery and garbage truck through our cul de sac streets where there are no footpaths.
Noise, pollution, danger to kids on bikes, pedestrians, everyone - resulting in the total lose of amenity for Hanging Rock residents.
That is just one aspect that is distressing for the residents of Hanging Rock, people, elderly, families, couples who specifically moved to this area for the peace and serenity in provides.
But the implications of this over scale and inappropriate development absolutely stretch over the entire Batemans Bay community.
The bay will lose 450 tourist beds currently available which will be a disaster.
Everyone who uses beach road can attest to the Caitlin St/Beach Rd intersection by the Catalina Country Club as being a dangerous traverse right now.
No turn lanes and no room for turn lanes from either direction see cars propped in that intersection waiting to turn right, very often through two changes of lights - dangerous now.
Pedestrians and kids on bikes are hard up against Beach Road both ways.
The site is the best located site for tourism in our town - golf club opposite, beach and river adjacent, town and marina a level stroll away. This development looks to totally disregard that and the benefits that offers to make this site an elderly person enclave
Unless our own council's planning staff and our councilors step up and look to the long-term interests of residents, Batemans Bay is in danger of be left with the rubbish left behind.
Save our community centre
Not only have the hardworking and visionary PerFex Committee had to battle every step of the way to win support and funding for a new Performing Arts Centre, now they have been forced to fight a rear-guard action (against the closure of) the Batemans Bay Community Centre.
Residents fundraised and lobbied for the community centre and it is not duplicated in the new Arts Centre plans.
They are two separate and necessary facilities.
We are a town approaching a population of 20,000 people.
We need to meet, to create, to educate ourselves (U3A has 40 bookings a week), to dance, to have a space for our young people, to cook for those in need - as Meals on Wheels does in the commercial scale kitchen (which is not included in the Arts Centre design).
Keep the Community Centre. Build the Arts Centre.
Demonstrate some vision for this growing and dynamic town.
Support for statement from the heart
The Board of the National Rural Health Alliance has voted unanimously to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, following a lengthy consultative process with Council members.
The Board’s vote acknowledged the call for Constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise their sovereignty with the land. The Board engaged with its 41 Council members to ensure support for the statement reflects the views of its members that deliver health services to 7 million people in rural, regional and remote Australia.