CONROY Park is one of the most popular reserves along the Salamander Bay foreshore all year round, particularly for community groups and those with disabilities.
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The reserve has suffered after the extreme weather events of last week.
Margaret Wilkinson is a local resident believes that unless sandbags or some other temporary solution are urgently installed to address the multiple foreshore erosion issues at Conroy Park, the next weather event could be a disaster.
Margaret Wilkinson told News Of The Area, “There is a huge tree growing within the reserve that has its roots undercut.
“Our community believes that this tree should stay and not be taken down as two others were a few years back when the same thing happened; when the sandbags were (once again) installed far too late.”
“The bank now sits in line with the fence and to me at least, it seems like false economy to waste ratepayers money to move it back, yet again.”
Sandbags are needed, regardless of any “time limit” likely to be placed on them by Marine Parks.
The only entrance to this beach from the reserve is now a huge eroded gully.
“This gully formed last year, and absolutely nothing has been done to stop that eroding further, regardless of my requests; both verbal and via email.
“It is now a dangerous entrance to a popular beach and one used as an exit from the beach from walkers wandering along the beach from The Anchorage direction.”
There is a Norfolk Pine which had been part protected by sandbags however its roots are now undercut.
“The areas west of the “main” entrance to the reserve are impacted with the illegal removal of native vegetation by the foreshore residents living between Conroy Park and The Anchorage, that whole area will likely be impacted and the public land will be considerably reduced in size.
“I have reported that on several occasions in the past and absolutely nothing has been done to address that issue either.
“Similarly, east of the reserve, I’m aware of another resident who has reported major damage to the foreshore and unless this too is addressed, public access will be impacted,” she said.
Margaret believes that there needs to be a Plan B prepared to save this valuable reserve and it needs to happen urgently.
By Marian SAMPSON