Yoga held at Memorial Ave reserve
A local yoga school has joined with residents opposed to the sale of the Memorial Ave reserve to hold a yoga class at the reserve.
The group Hands off the Reserve hosted a yoga class with Umina Beach Yoga in the reserve on Sunday, June 6.
Instructor Ms Julie Hatfield led the 16 participants in basic yoga poses, breathing and relaxation.
"Luckily the sunny weather was perfect for yoga under the paperbarks," said local resident Ms Maryann Phillips, who will be affected by Council's proposed development of the site.
"Apart from the loss of the trees, I am dreading the overcrowding and chaos that will result.
"We are living at the moment with the results of Council giving free rein to developers: insufficient parking leading to cars blocking laneway and abandoned in Warwick St, incessant noise and rubbish everywhere."
Neighbour Ms Jane Hendy said: "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.
"They have 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, a source of harmony and peace for the people living nearby."
Media release, 9 Jun 2021
Jane Hendy, Blackwall