Counselling the Council…
To the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors,
to protect and restore foreshore and waterway resources where they have significance at all levels in the open space hierarchy
to protect foreshore and waterways which contribute to ecosystem protection, stability and enhancement
to ensure compliance with state, national and international conservation agreements and covenants
to provide opportunities for residents and visitors to appreciate the foreshore and waterway assets
to contribute to scenic and amenity qualities
to provide opportunities for educational and scientific study and research
to provide resources for a wide array of recreational activities including swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, rowing, sunbathing, picnicking/ socialising, walking, nature study, photography and sightseeing
to provide linkages between open spaces areas, and to surrounding residential land and other community services
to provide opportunities for a range of economic benefits to be achieved through the commercial use of the resources for tourism, boating, shipping and fishing
to support other open space categories, which are able to collocate with, waterway and lake open space (e.g. Linear and Linkage, Conservation and Heritage, Landscape and Amenity, and Utilities and Services open spaces).
ROS 1.5 Ensure residential areas, open spaces and other community destinations are well connected with a network of high quality walking and cycling routes
The foreshore of Spring Bay is within the Open Space Zone. On the eastern side of Spring Bay and to either side of the site, the foreshore is not known to be used and there is no provision of paths for access. On the western side access to, and use of, the foreshore is more common given the nearby residential use, although the level of infrastructure is minimal. A foreshore walkway is required as part of the Solis development.
Beyond Spring Bay the Open Space Zone is applied to foreshore areas where public use is common and where it is supported by paths, play equipment, seating, signage & other infrastructure. The use of the Open Space Zone on the east side of Spring Bay subject to the rezoning appears to be by exception. Undeveloped foreshore areas in other areas of the planning scheme are within the Environmental Management Zone. This is important in the context of aquaculture having a discretionary approval process pathway within the Environmental Management Zone.
The Triabunna / Orford Structure Plan highlighted improvements to trails but not in the vicinity of the land affected by this request.
The current Light Industrial Zone provides a break in the foreshore and any potential trail development along Spring Bay. It is considered that the request will have negligible effect on the current situation…”
I suggest the fact that the foreshore is ‘not known to be used and there is no provision of paths for access.’ is an astonishing view.
I suggest that on a strong seabreeze summer’s day, any or all of the councillors and Mayor might like to acquaint themselves with the beach and with the shoreline. It is not unusual to see a boat anchored at the area in question with a dive pennant displayed. It is also not unusual to see fishing dinghies fishing the calmer waters in front of the beach.
The same happens in Okehampton Bay on nor’easter days. It is well known that kayakers, swimmers, picnickers, boaters and fishermen use both locations.
There are any number of small coves, beaches and bays in Spring Bay, Prosser Bay and lining the Mercury Passage for which there is no shore access and yet the vast numbers of boat owners on the east coast make regular use of these areas for ‘swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, rowing, sunbathing, picnicking/socialising, walking etc.’. Council appears to have forgotten that there are few anchorages out of an easterly or seabreeze and that a vast number of boat owners use all the bays and waterways in question.