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Community claims their reserve through yoga

Last Sunday the group ‘Hands Off The Reserve' co-hosted a yoga class in the reserve at Memorial Avenue, Blackwall in partnership with Umina Beach Yoga.

Hands Off The Reserve yoga class.

10 June 2021

 

JULIE Hatfield led sixteen participants in basic yoga poses, breathing and relaxation on Sunday 6 June as part of the community campaign to claim back Blackwall Reserve.

 

“Luckily the sunny weather was perfect for yoga under the paperbarks”, said local resident Maryann Phillips.

 

Maryann is one of the many local residents who will affected by Council's sale of community lands and for the proposed development of the Blackwall reserve.

 

“Apart from the loss of the trees, I am dreading the overcrowding and chaos that will result," she said.

 

"We are living at the moment with the results of Council giving free rein to developers; insufficient parking leading to cars blocking laneways and left abandoned in Warwick Street, as well as the incessant noise and rubbish being left everywhere”.

 

Although this land is a Council reserve, it is not listed as community land, and risks being one of the first victims of the Administrator’s frenzied sell-off of Central Coast “lazy” assets.

 

Hands Off The Reserve is proving that this asset is anything but lazy. In the past weeks many people have visited Blackwall Reserve and found it a beautiful place, not just because of the trees, (which are a remnant of the Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland, an endangered ecological community), but also because of the ever-present bird life.

 

Blackwall Reserve is a source of life for the animals who live there and their trees, and a source of harmony and peace for the people living nearby.

Grapevine News Online

Central Coast NSW

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