No new dunes for park: chair

Jessica Stingemore in Jubilee Park. d397953
Jessica Stingemore in Jubilee Park. d397953

Over the past few months, the Save Jubilee Park Committee has clashed with the Town of Cambridge over the BioLINC project, a Coast Care plan to improve the biodiversity of the 4.5km stretch of dune coastline, which would include reclaiming 15 per cent of the Jubilee Park turf to install a native landscaped garden.

Committee spokesman Gordon Swingler said the ill-conceived proposal had driven community anxiety and people were against the reclamation of Jubilee Park, as demonstrated by a 109-14 vote to abandon the project at a special electors’ meeting this month.

‘There is a mounting concern within the community about the manner in which the Town of Cambridge has managed the interests of the Cambridge Coast Care, which appears to be to the detriment of other members of the community,’ he said.

The committee claims on its website the project would include the construction of sand dunes, increasing the risk of assault to vulnerable people because of undesirables hiding in them and there was no scientific evidence to support the plan’s biodiversity reasoning.

However, at least week’s council meeting Coast Care chairwoman Jessica Stingemore and biologist Kingsley Dixon presented a pile of scientific documentation supporting the benefits of the project and stated that no sand dunes would be constructed on the reclaimed Jubilee Park turf.

Ms Stingemore, a former Floreat resident, said the BioLINC project would be landscaped gardens enriching weed-free dunes with their original natural species and delays could potentially result in a loss of species due to poor genetic interchange.