Sunday, 24 September 2017

Your View: Black Point support

I REFER to your recent article (YPCT 16-5-17) about Yorke Peninsula Council voting to change the status of community land at Black Point.

I am suspicious of the reasoning and purpose for the revocation of community land anywhere.

My reasons are simple. In my brief time as a councillor at training sessions for councillors this matter came up several times.

Experienced  local government personnel, lawyers, development specialists, et cetera, were presenters. I cannot remember one who supported rededicating public lands such as parklands or open space, including any community land with sporting facilities and caravan parks, et cetera. The reason was simple: once changed it could then never be repealed. The dedication of these lands is generally for that singular purpose and cannot easily be changed. It also needs, of course, the approval of the relevant minister and crown lands.

The apparent reason in council’s proposal is for short-term monetary gain with no genuine, qualified and asset-driven outcome that benefits the community. If this gets final approval it creates an undesirable and precarious precedent fraught with inherent and unwelcome  risk.

I fully support the Black Point Progress Association, residents and holiday home owners in their overwhelming opposition to council’s decision. I am also disappointed council has seen fit to ignore an agreement a previous council passed for further development and to freehold land at Black Point. This helped create and include vacant land set aside for the benefit of residents and the public.

I also refer to many parcels of land originally dedicated as public and park lands syphoned off, sometimes allegedly temporarily many of which have become permanent, in Adelaide.

I doubt the full facts have been presented and councillors advised for the matter to be properly debated by council.

Grantley H. Dodd, Stansbury

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