Around 200 people gathered at Avalon Bowling Club to discuss the Avalon Beach Place Plan.

The community meeting was held Sunday afternoon (02 May) on the bowling green at the front of the Avalon Bowling Club. The meeting was hosted by Northern Beaches Councillor Alex McTaggart who said the meeting was, “an information meeting, not a protest meeting.”

The meeting was addressed by a number of community representatives, including:

  • Conrad Grayson, Avalon Preservation Association
  • Frank Bush AM, Palm Beach and Whale Beach Association
  • Catherine Kerr, Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents Association
  • Peter Stutchbury, Architect
  • Richard Leplastrier AO, Architect
  • Chris Kavanagh, Chamber of Commerce
  • Ros Marsh, local resident and business owner
  • Nic Laidlaw, local resident and business owner

The speakers covered a range of issues, including:

  • The joy of growing up, living and starting a family in Avalon
  • The process of Council engagement and community consultation
  • The action plan, its prioritisation and funding
  • The needs of retailers for parking and public amenity
  • Reliance of retailers on visitors for economic sustainability
  • The impact of the cycleways on pedestrian access and safety
  • Maintaining traditional watercourses and geographical features
  • Creating a sense of place based on Avalon’s unique characteristics
  • Including North Avalon, Careel Bay, hilltop and Palm Beach shops in the plan
  • Clarifying and condensing the delivery program of works
  • Recognising Avalon’s role as a commercial centre for surrounding areas
  • Lack of detail on built environment controls

Many of the speakers acknowledged the plan had good elements, with support for the vision of, “A relaxed, peaceful and vibrant coastal village, embracing and nurturing the natural environment, celebrating creativity and community connection.”

The speakers encouraged attendees to make a submission, with large printouts of the plan on display around the bowling green.

The draft Avalon Beach Place Plan is available to view in full at Council’s Your Say website. Submissions close Sunday, 16 May.

The full audio of the meeting can be listened to below.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, Michael Mannington