The Old Lawson Golf Course:
This area belongs to the people and the residents should be able to decide how it is used.
After being closed in 2004, BMCC produced hundreds of pages of reports including one in 2007 which grandly stated that they were ready for “Stage Three – Implementation”. Download the report here.
Eleven years after the golf course was closed absolutely nothing has been implemented.
The slow grind of bureaucratic inaction over the past eleven years means we have to start ASAP to turn this land into something worthwhile for all the community.
- Community gardens with fruit, vegetables and herbs for everyone.
- Native plant nursery providing seedlings to the community.
- A kids farm with animals so that our children can get involved in caring for and understanding animals.
- Botanic Gardens with lots of community involvement.
Wow! Have we got some great ideas in the community. All we need is a Council that listens…
Right now it seems that only dog walkers are using this area. I firmly believe that if this area is developed to include these other sort of community activities, dog owners can happily co-exist with other users in a happy friendly space.
It is time that BMCC starts facilitating residents groups who can turn this area into the fabulous resource that it should be.
We need big time community input from EVERYONE to get a plan together. If we can present a plan that is “for the people, by the people” BMCC will have a hard job saying no.
Shortly after the 2007 report, the RTA dug up the old first fairway for highway drainage and settling pond work. The land had to be rehabilitated afterwards, so what did they do? They spent about $30,000 re-turfing it back to being a fairway for a golf course that doesn’t exist any more! The money could have been spent on any number of community land uses but BMCC did not consult anyone for ideas as to what should have been done with the RTA rehabilitation money.
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