Shoalhaven Council passed the draft Collingwood Beach Dunecare Action Plan after a two year trial.
At the Development and Environment Committee meeting on Tuesday April 6, council resolved to support the plan which sets out the dune management rules for the Collingwood Beach dunecare volunteers.
As part of the plan, Banksia root suckers, seedlings and saplings will be removed and tall tree species will be banned from being planted.
The goal of the plan was to maintain the dune ecosystem, increase the stability and resilience of the dunes and maintain the aesthetic and social values of the foreshore area.
Contention has surrounded the Banksias because of the vandalism that has been inflicted on many of them, presumably because they blocked some resident's vistas.
The maintenance works will be completed within a four month period once council receives grant approval from the NSW Government.
Council will contribute close to $38,000 toward the 2020 Collingwood Beach Coastal and Estuary Grant and $15,000 from this year onward will go toward council's Vegetation Prevention Vandalism Policy.
In Cr John Levett's view, the plan as it was presented flies in the face of the NSW Government's Coastline Management Framework which was ongoing and for which council was seeking funding to complete.
The framework aimed to better equip coastal communities and responded to existing and future coastal management challenges and opportunities.
The plan outlined its reason for banning the planting of tall trees, stating it is because of their potential to endanger people and cause harm to property and infrastructure, especially in unstable foredune areas.
Cr Levett agreed to the bulk of the plan except for points relating to the removal of Banksia seedlings and saplings and the ban on planting of tall tree species which he thought was important for shading.
Cr Mitchell Pakes said the residents of Collingwood Beach have had their names dragged through the mud and some have even had their properties attacked because of resentment that had been brewing in the community about the dunes.
"Death by association," he said.
Cr Kaye Gartner raised concerns of residents from the Vincentia Matters community group.
She said their correspondences suggested council needed to be mindful of its actions on coastal Crown land. She said many of their views were not taken into consideration by council.
According to Cr Gartner, there are more views to take into consideration than just the "fringe landowners" who border the beach.
Cr Joanna Gash "totally" disagreed with Cr Gartner's sentiments.
Cr Gash said councillors in opposition to the plan were presuming things were going to go wrong.
For: the CEO, Crs Pakes, Kitchener, Alldrick, Proudfoot, Watson, Wells, White, Gash and Guile.
Against: the Mayor, Crs Gardener, Digiglio and Levett.