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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


A touch of Nastiness that Creeps in at Election Time …

The election in Clarence has been sabotaged by interest groups bemoaning a lack of public consultation in particular with reference to a development on a portion only of the overall Kangaroo Bay Precinct.

The land offered for freehold development comprised 2 parcels the former ferry terminal building (you will recall the ugly green shed) and a weatherboard house (Council owned) and a small amount of the gravelled area used on occasions as an overflow carpark for the Bellerive Yacht Club.

This was a unique situation between State and Local Government where the Crown Land previously leased to the Bellerive Yacht Club became available to the Council from the State Government for the purpose of Private development to provide for the tourism, economic and education needs of the community.

I am hopeful that most of the community is eagerly awaiting this development which should establish our City with a social focus at last.

The remaining precinct at Kangaroo Bay has been developed within an overall Kangaroo Bay enhancement project comprising a number of components addressing recreational, cultural, sporting, commercial and infrastructure needs within the precinct.

Kangaroo Bay Playpark
Kangaroo Bay Parklands
Kangaroo Bay Youth Plaza Skate Park
Kangaroo Bay Sporting Facility
Kangaroo Bay infrastructure, roads, access and parking
Kangaroo Bay public art

So you can see there is a wonderful balance here. The group that opposes this development live over the road and together with a few associates have banded together to denigrate Council unfairly.

I can’t blame them being unhappy but … is this the way of the future – the interests of a few are paramount over the majority benefit.

I would like to think that the majority of the community are more than satisfied with Council’s performance over the past four years we have been the quiet achievers going about our business progressing infrastructure and services for the Community to become a most liveable City with a Council recognised on the World Stage for its Age Friendly Status.

I regularly hear praise about how our City being so lively and the pursuit of activities so diverse.

In relation to Kangaroo Bay I am not sure what activities would be lost as a result of the hotel and school development, the concept has embraced the provision of foreshore walking and cycling tracks which formalises connectivity for the overall vast area of open space.

This development will open the foreshore to public land that previously had been prevented by the presence of the old green shed. The proposal ensures better access to the foreshore and the continuation of the foreshore multi-use pathway encouraging active and passive recreation of which the hotel will not inhibit usage.

This land has not been taken away from the community; it is being developed for all to relish and enjoy.

I am annoyed at headlines that have stated “There’s something rotten in Clarence” and the accusation that Clarence City Council is nothing more than a property developer.

Take a look around and see all the marvellous work that has been achieved over the 4 years and I know that this Council has been one of the most active and progressive. And I resent our value being taken away at Election time.

I suggest that these interest Groups become engaged with Council rather than be antagonistic, keep to the facts, keep abreast via the Council website and when Morris Nunn Architects and the Developer want to meet with you – you engage!

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  1. Donald Cameron

    November 16, 2018 at 4:46 am

    A nasty article, by a nasty person, about an even nastier development.

  2. Russell

    November 5, 2018 at 7:20 am

    It looks like Debra Thurley wasn’t so in tune with her electorate after all, as she wasn’t re-elected last weekend.

  3. Tony Clifford

    October 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    From Alderman Thurley’s statement I take it that she does not represent members of the community who do not agree with her view. As a paid, elected representative of the community ($24,721 pa plus allowances – CCC website) her role as an Alderman under Section 28 of the Local Government Act is (amongst others)…

    (a) to represent the community;
    (b) to act in the best interests of the community;
    (c) to facilitate communication by the council with the community.

    I fail to understand how she is fulfilling all of these requirements by attacking the very people she is supposed to represent, even if they have different views to her.

    Is this a breach of the Act? For the record I do not live “over the road” but do live in Bellerive. Also, I am not a member of any “Group” or political party. I do though, try to understand all sides of an issue. I remain concerned about the Kangaroo Bay development and also Rosny Hill, both of which I consider have lacked appropriate community consultation and involvement.

    Alderman Thurley has not done herself any favours by this attack, and she could have communicated her views on the Council’s performance in a more appropriate manner without insulting or attacking those she is paid to represent.

  4. Gary Tew

    October 25, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Boy, am I glad you didn’t get my vote Debra Thurley, as nothing you said in your put down article I agree with. What a slap in the face for voters whose lives will be affected by this hideous monolith to be built in totally in the wrong location. And no, I don’t live opposite it, or anywhere near it.

  5. Frida Moran

    October 25, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Be wary about biting the hand that feeds you, because you owe everything you have to them. Your position on the council is a tenuous thing.

  6. Anna Davis

    October 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    And here’s me thinking she’d just had a bad night at the Candidates’ Forum. It would appear that the one thing Debra resents most is those she was elected to serve.

  7. Esther Groarke

    October 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I could not agree more with Joey D’Antons’ comments.

    Ald Thurley used her time at the Candidates’ Forum, not to persuade constituents as to why she deserved to be re-elected to Council for the next four years, but to verbally slap down those of us who dare to express concern over what is happening in our city and council. Her article in the Tasmanian Times refers to us as ‘sabotaging’,’antagonistic’ and ‘denigrating Council unfairly’. I have yet to meet one person who would match any of these descriptions; rather, those of us who have spoken out have done so in a peaceful and dignified manner.

    We are not a shambolic and vengeful rabble, just citizens who want to see appropriate development in our city and to have a voice in future proposals for such development.

    As she purports to represent the best interests of the citizens of Clarence, Ms Thurley should perhaps reconsider, from where exactly, the nastiness is creeping in to this election.

  8. Joey D’Antons

    October 23, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Sour grapes, Ms Thurley! Sour grapes.

    The only ‘nastiness’ involved in these local government elections has been perpetuated by you, Ms Thurley, via this pathetic and one sided sop piece and your antagonistic and aggressive comments at the recent Candidates’ forum.

    If you had actually listened to and engaged with the Clarence community on the Kangaroo Bay precinct project, and others, you might stand a chance of being re-elected. Sadly, for you, you’ll be gone from Council soon and, as such, will be free to represent your “minority groups” (ie big money developers) from the outside of council. Enjoy!

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