Melville Times - - Opinion -

PE­TER Nee­sham sug­gests in his let­ter (‘Great plan, wrong lo­ca­tion’, Melville Times, Au­gust 22) that surf park sup­port­ers have “made per­sonal at­tacks on those op­posed to it rather than ar­gue their case”. Where is any ev­i­dence of this? I have at­tended sev­eral coun­cil meet­ings on this sub­ject and was ap­palled by the be­hav­iour of the anti-group mem­bers, in­clud­ing the ejec­tion of the con­venor of the Al­fred Cove Ac­tion Group, David Maynier, for dis­rupt­ing pro­ceed­ings.

On most oc­ca­sions, I ob­served boo­ing, jeer­ing and down­right ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour from the anti-group.

One surf park sup­porter and lo­cal res­i­dent was threat­ened by an anti-group mem­ber to “take it out­side”; and this com­ing from a for­mer coun­cil­lor no less.

He went on to say, “it is easy enough to sup­port some­thing where you may ob­tain a ben­e­fit without hav­ing to deal with the con­se­quences”.

So just be­cause a small group of lo­cals don’t like the lo­ca­tion, the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the com­mu­nity misses out?

This only con­firms the anti-group’s ‘nimby’ stance, and clearly shows we are all be­ing dic­tated to by the mi­nor­ity. PAUL MARIK At­tadale

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