The deal to purchase the land near Smith Barcadere may be in its final stages, but that did not stop activists from the Save the Cove group from celebrating on Saturday with a fun-filled weekend of activities.
With the pristine public beach as the venue families, friends and well wishers flocked to Smith Barcadere to revel in the victory of saving the cove.
“If you care about something and you think it is worth protecting and preserving you should always speak up, ” says Taura Ebanks of the Save the Cove group.
Words to live by Ms Ebanks as she and members of the group hosted a Saved the Cove celebration on the weekend at Smith Barcadere bringing the community together and recognising the power the people have to effect change when they speak up.
“It’s because of everyone coming together with a unified voice and a unified story which is we need to value what we have. I do not think we would be here today,” she said.
Morne Botes, who started the Save the Cove petition that garnered thousands of signatures in mere hours, says being able to make a difference holds special significance for him and he is hoping for the same impact when he tackles his next project.
“We are just glad it resonated with people and we hope to carry on the movement now and let’s sort out all the beach access because that is the big problem coming up, ” he explained.
As for the Smith Barcadere deal with Bronte Planning Minister Hon. Kurt Tibbetts, who is charged with finalising the purchase, says government is going through the process to sign on the dotted line.
“It’s getting cabinet to officially approve the cabinet paper, moving down to the agreement and then closing with it. So I expect it is going to happen within a matter of weeks,” Minister Tibbetts says.
Legislators approved a $5 million withdrawal from the Environmental Protection Fund for the purchase. But Mr Tibbetts says that’s not the purchase price as part of the money will be used to improve the area, create parking and enhancing the overall ambiance.