IN June 1968, my wife and I bought our block at City Beach, and we paid what was then a hefty premium for it.
Friends and family thought that we were crazy paying such a price for a patch of white sand, but we argued that we were buying into what was promoted as a garden suburb, and we were confident that we had made the right decision.
However, now that decision is questioned with the Town of Cambridge hell-bent on turning it into an infill suburb.
When I look out our windows, I see a canopy of stately, mature trees – mainly gums.
Our back lawn is regularly visited by magpies, kookaburras, willie wagtails and honeyeaters that are not the least bit afraid when we walk out into the garden. If this infill plan is to take place, the trees will be gone and so will the birds.
Our four children and their many friends in the neighbourhood have enjoyed our back yard with its lawn and swimming pool as they grew up, and is still enjoyed by our grandchildren to this day.
If the house is knocked down to create a duplex, it is goodbye pool and playing area.
When I walk out to collect the paper, I find the street filled with parked cars. Ours is a short street with just 10 houses, so imagine the scene when there are triplexes on each corner and duplexes in the street.
Actually, it is not a street, it is a road – Gunee Road.
If this monstrous infill goes ahead, it will not be Gunee Road, City Beach any more. It will be more like Dunny Road, Sh***y Beach.