Having attended the Mering Corporation’s community information evening on August 31 regarding Mering’s possible development of Maher’s Landing, I was disappointed that the expectation raised by the Sentinel-Times on August 15 of “all being revealed” was not addressed.
Instead, after assuring attendees of his sensitivity to all aspects of the environment and elaborating on the tree planting exercise on Mering’s property, Jason Yeap maintained he has not yet formulated the details of his plan.
At this point he then focused his attention on seeking ideas from those in attendance. Unfortunately, many people who like Inverloch as it is had only come there to hear his thoughts.
The Sentinel-Times newspaper had also reported a Mering spokesperson as indicating that aspects of a previous attempt involving the creation of a marina was not something Mering would be doing.
However, Jason expressed being encouraged that three or four of the 10 attendees who spoke at the meeting were in favour of somewhere to store their boats and be able to avoid using the “inadequate loading ramp at Inverloch”.
Jason offered his opinion that overseas tourists also looked for better facilities than are now available in this area.
In this context he mentioned the provision of accommodation.
Five of the rest of the attendees who spoke were keen to see the character of the area preserved, one of whom expressed concern should dredging be considered.
On this latter topic, Jason would not indicate a maximum number of boats envisaged if a marina was established.
Regarding the interests of boat owners, it was significant to see about 20 of those present raised their hands when we were asked to indicate who owned a boat. One boat owner did speak about the current challenges in negotiating the exit from the inlet.
Another concern which was expressed queried a claim that the buffer of Crown Land has been eroded away from sections of the coastline resulting in the property having absolute coastal frontage in places.
While I appreciate the efforts of anyone replacing lost vegetation, I believe this has no relevance when considering the current issue particularly when we have groups such as the council, Green Corps and local environmentalists who do this without thoughts of private commercialisation.
Furthermore, since current philosophy favours letting nature take its course where possible in regard to cyclical but unpredictable sand movements such as that occurring at the Ayr Creek outlet, it seems contradictory to risk additional unpredictable outcomes resulting from coastal development upstream of Inverloch’s inlet.
Rosemary Hutchinson, Inverloch.