Our foreshore vision
IT HAS been a fair enough criticism during the recent foreshores debate - how can we comment when we don't have a plan to consider?
Well now everyone has a concept to ponder.
In the absence of anything from council, the Advocate brainstrust has had a go at illustrating ideas, which reflect our collective consciousness.
We've concentrated on the area between the Yacht Club and the Jetty which is relatively protected, where there is no "endangered" vegetation and has "potential" by the bucketload.
Essentially our vision starts from well above the high tide mark with a boardwalk, which connects the Yachtie with the historic Jetty and pays homage to our dominant landmark via the use of similar timbers and architecture. Behind it, the fenced in scrub, which currently obscures the harbour view will be in places removed and in other areas replaced with low growing environmentally suitable plantings to create a stunning green to timber to sand transition.
Trees will be thinned to open up views from those driving or walking to the precinct and the addition of martime-themed sculptures, picnic tables, and a childrens play area will give the northern end of the foreshores a greater family feel and a real sense of place. There could even be room for a kiosk.
Got you thinking?
The Advocates journos, clickies, subs, sales staff and admin folk don't profess to hold all the answers, but we are a cross-section of the community and very passionate about seeing this place we love to call home reach its potential.
It's simply our contribution to starting a very important community conversation.
What do you think?