I was a student at Rosny College while the Tasman Bridge was down following an unfortunate incident with the Lake Illawarra ship.
I used to walk around Kangaroo Bay to catch the ferry into town.
The commuter car park is now a recreational area guarded by this friendly, if somewhat oddly-proportioned, kangaroo.
When the bridge re-opened, people gleefully took to their cars again.
But now traffic congestion means thoughts are turning back to ferries as an alternative form of transport.
I’m concerned about where such a ferry terminal might go. Clarence City Council has sold this prime public land to a developer. The planned development threatens to overwhelm the waterfront, increase traffic and reduce access for locals.
There are a number of developments currently planned in the Clarence region – like the one at Rosny Hill – that seem out of scale, and not in the best interests of residents.
Development should enhance our recreational areas, not restrict access or lock us out.
I want to be part of a Council that listens to, and respects its residents and puts their interests before those of big developers who are just out to make a profit.