Community consultation as the first step toward the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan has begun. Input from the Bellingen Shire community is being gathered until December 19.
The development of the Master Plan will commence in early 2015 and will investigate more sustainable levels of visitation, the natural environment, visitor behavior, impacts on local residents, facilities and infrastructure. Local firm Fisher Design + Architecture is leading the consultant team, who are working with Bellingen Shire Council and a Gleniffer Working Group.
Sixteen year old Mia Rann has lived her life in the Promised Land near the Reserves. “Watching it deteriorate is really sad” she said. “One of the things about Bellingen it has always been such an accepting place, but now a lot of the people who come out here and use the river they don’t know how to treat it properly. It’s killing it. It would be really sad to see it become just another river spot because it is so much more than that to locals. You need to conserve places like this. By the end of it the resource is going to be completely dried up if we don’t take care of it”.
The local community is encouraged to fill out the Gleniffer Reserves feedback form, which can be found on the Council website at www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au or in hard copy at Council’s front desk. Further information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Council’s Economic & Business Development Manager Michael Grieve on 6655 7300