Townsfolk afraid for the future

CONCERNED Brunswick Heads residents have the backing of the Byron Shire Council when it comes to proposed State Government changes to their sleepy, coastal town.

The release of the Brunswick Heads Draft Plans of Management (POM) by the NSW Land and Property Management Authority recently was greeted with disapproval from some residents, who joined the council in making submissions on the draft proposals.

The submission from council addressed a number of issues outlined and not outlined in the POM, including the demise of permanentaccommodation in the Massey Green and Terrace Reserve holiday parks.

Its submission recommends that a social impact study be carried out because of the loss of permanent, affordable park sites and the move towards up-market tourism.

“Brunswick has traditionally been an affordable destination for tourists and families and this appears to be a change to be less affordable,” the submission reads.

The submission also delves into the fate of the town's foreshore access if the POM is implemented.

Brunswick Heads Progress Association president Gloria Mills was not available for comment yesterday.

However, she has previously told The Northern Star that plans to erect fences around the foreshore caravan parks would hinder residents' ability to access theforeshore.

She also said the POM would change the ‘feel' of the town.

A LPMA spokeswoman said the authority was considering all community submissions in response to the draft Brunswick Heads Crown Reserves plans of management.

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