Walkway decision riles

Robyn Murphy says the boardwalk will cause irreparable and irreversible damage.
Robyn Murphy says the boardwalk will cause irreparable and irreversible damage.

The council last Tuesday made a decision to pass the council officer’s recommendations to go ahead with the proposed walkway.

Robyn Murphy from the Stop the Boardwalk Action Group said she was outraged the council was even considering building on a bush forever site, even after the idea was first rejected in 2005.

‘The boardwalk will cause irreparable and irreversible damage to the conservation values of the reserve,’ she said.

Ms Murphy said the officer’s report lacked objectivity and was full of inaccuracies.

In a presentation to the committee last Tuesday, Ms Murphy criticised the council for discounting a large proportion of respondents through its screening process.

‘It demonstrates utter contempt for the 427 people, 85 per cent of respondents by discounting the majority of their opinions through a dubious and unprecedented screening process, which seeks to change the perception of the outcome of the public consultation.’

Stirling manager for engineering design Paul Giamov said the boardwalk would stop people walking through the bushland and damaging it as well as encouraging community appreciation of bushland by making it more accessible.