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Bouquets & Brickbats

By Manly Community Forum
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BOUQUETS

  1. The rebuilt Little Manly harbour pool (image above) is proving to be a wonderful community asset. The redesign has allowed children and adults to travel along the whalers from the rocks without a ladder. The railing assisting the very young and the elderly to enter the pool is an excellent addition.
  2. How good is our new toilet block at East Esplanade Park? It took forever to build, but a very welcomed addition.
  3. Sensible deferment of the Activate Manly project will allow time to bring the whole community on side.
  4. Ranger patrols in key areas (East Esplanade, West Esplanade, Shelly Beach and hopefully Little Manly) are now operating from 2pm through the evening.
  5. After more community consultation we now have an acceptable plan for the changes to Bower St parking.
  6. Congratulations to Council on the completed bollard program to provide pedestrian safety near our heavy vehicle traffic areas.
  7. Our local police force has been boosted by the return of a large percentage of our officers from COVID-19 border duty. We may even have our Area Commander back.
  8. Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Project Environmental Impact Statement is now on exhibition. Great, but where is the budget for the 2021 period?

BRICKBATS

  1. Paying out to a complainant in the court case over Whistler St will probably put our infrastructure spend back by at least $7M. This will mean delays in planned projects. 2021 details will be advised by the end of January 2021.
  2. We don’t know the detail yet but Council should not be paying for the cost of rebuild of the Little Manly boat ramp (which is State Government boating infrastructure). The remedial work start date has not been advised.
  3. The tiered rebuild of the sea wall and seating, pathway, ramp and the Little Manly Point toilet block appears to have slipped out to 2022. There is also no start date for the demolition of No.40 Stuart St and park addition.
  4. The start date for the stormwater remedial work at Fairy Bower and Sydney Water’s acceptance that it must complete remedial work on the exposed sewerage pipes along Marine Pde.
  5. The vandalism and petty crime that requires so much CCTV in the Corso area. The Corso and surrounding CCTV has also proved to be a wonderful bouquet for police.

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