LETTER: Tannum esplanade is a valuable asset
IT was with interest I read the article regarding erosion at Tannum Sands.
I understand this is a tricky situation to deal with however I take great exception to the statement by the Gladstone Regional Council's CEO that ... "council didn't consider the park a valuable asset worth going to lengths to protect".
Back in 1994, the former Calliope Shire Council recognised this beautiful foreshore area should be redeveloped as a park with facilities that locals and tourists could enjoy and in 2000, Millennium Esplanade was born.
The esplanade is a tourist drawcard with highway signage touting "award-winning Millennium Esplanade".
I have spoken to many visitors to this park who have nothing but high praise and lament there's nothing else like it anywhere along the coast.
Indeed, in 2013, Healthy Active Gladstone Region announced Millennium Esplanade as the public's number one choice of the region's top 10 parks and trails.
It is also listed as an attraction on the GAPDL website and in their tourism brochure for our area.
Regular events taking advantage of this magical location include the monthly BAM markets, Surf Life Saving and Nipper Carnivals, triathlons, not to mention all the birthday, Christmas and Australia Day parties, weddings and other community events.
Go for a drive on any weekend or school holidays and observe the number of families taking advantage of the beautiful beach, excellent facilities, modern playground and the ever popular flying fox ... then tell me it's not a valuable asset!!
Refer to the GAPDL website which quotes "Since completion of the project in December, 1999, Millennium Esplanade has received overwhelming public support and recognition from throughout the region and interstate.
"Winner of Southern Reef Tourism Awards and more recently announced Central Queensland/Wide bay's cleanest beach and regional winner of Queensland's friendliest beach, the project has set a benchmark in Central Queensland for the development of public urban space in sensitive environmental settings."
No, I don't have the answer to the erosion problem but I do know it IS a valuable asset worth preserving at all cost!
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