Registrations are open for the Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim. It will be held on Sunday 9th March 2014. This event is jointly run by the Surf club and BMPCA and is a great fundraiser so please encourage your friends and family to enter. http://oceanswim.brouleesurfersslsc.org.au/
The next BMPCA meeting is scheduled for November 7th. Please forward any agenda items that you would like to discuss. We have received 2 items to discuss at this meeting already from community members.
For those of you who missed the Broulee BushFire Brigade Open Day on the weekend, they will be holding a stall at the Art on the Path. They are encouraging you to come and discuss the development of the Broulee and Mossy Point Community Protection Plan.
NOTE: the following 2 items are scheduled to be discussed at the next BMPCA meeting in November and as such, at this stage are not endorsed by the BMPCA. The details below are provided as information only. The contact details of the relevant parties are provided so please contact them directly if you have feedback/questions.
We have received the following correspondence from a local citizen, Ross Clark, regarding a suggestion he has made to the Eurobodalla Shire Council regarding removing the existing Candlagan Creek bridge and replacing it with a pedestrian-only bridge (see the attached photo of the pedestrian bridge which spanned the creek in the 1960’s). If you would like to find out more information about his suggestion you can contact Ross directly via email email@example.com.
A summary of Ross's suggestion:
The bridge that joins Broulee and Mossy Point, toward the mouth of the Candlagan Creek, is an aesthetic and environmental disaster. It is dying of concrete cancer and while repairing it (if that’s possible) may offer a short-term solution, long-term we need to think again. Replacing the bridge with something similar will no longer be environmentally acceptable and installing a new, far longer vehicular bridge, would be expensive.
One option that deserves serious consideration is replacing the existing bridge with a pedestrian bridge that spans from one bank to the other - diverting vehicles over the George Bass Drive bridge.
A footbridge would look great, vastly improve the amenity values of the creek, make the precinct safer and more inviting for pedestrians and cyclists (especially children), free-up the movement of water in and out of the creek (especially in flood events) and much more. And, a footbridge would be a cheap long-term option.
Local resident, Greg Howlett is holding a Public Rally on Saturday 19th October to gain support for suitable seating to be constructed at South Broulee beach to allow senior citizens and other less mobile members of the community to view the beach. Greg can be contacted about this directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org
A summary provided by Greg:
The issue regarding adequate safe access to seating for senior citizens, mothers with children in strollers people with motorised trollies, walkers, and people with disabilities and their carers at South Broulee beach has been addressed with council for a number of years at least as far back as 2008. The issue has been discussed, a site approved by landcare (which department does not exist any more) and disappeared into the future planning abyss.
There are at present an average of 200 senior citizens living within Banksia Village and many within our community. These residents deserve to safely access the relaxing and therapeutic view the beach affords. For too long the senior citizens and disabled of the villages have been ignored in regard to seating at the beaches especially south Broulee where residents can walk to from Banksia Village but have nowhere to sit and rest.
A rally will be held at south Broulee beach on Saturday 19th October with the theme to bring a chair to the beach, sit enjoy the day, gather petitions to ask council to fast track this issue. The rally will commence at 7am going through until 9-10 am. All the community groups have been invited as well as the three local schools and the idea is to come along and support this issue and our senior citizens.