30 August 2012
of the Legislative Council
BEAMS VIEWING DECK - OPENING
FINCH (Rosevears) - I
want to highlight something that has occurred in my electorate today.
Some may think that a view of the upper Tamar River at low tide with
its mud and silt problem is not a particular attraction but the
former Launceston Mayor, Graeme Beams, who loved the Tamar, had quite
a different view. Graeme Beams did not necessarily think that the mud
at low tide was beautiful but he thought people should see the best
and worst of the upper Tamar and then perhaps add to the pressure to
correct the problem. In January last year Graeme Beams passed away.
morning we had the formal opening of the West Tamar viewing deck. It
is on the West Tamar wetlands in lower Trevallyn and gives an
excellent view of the upper Tamar silt problem and also the tidal
beauty of the area.
his time on the Launceston City Council Graeme Beams felt that a
viewing deck would be an additional enhancement for the community to
view the Tamar River, about which he was extremely passionate. There
is a plaque on the platform written by one of Graeme's colleagues on
the council, Annette Waddle. It says 'This Tamar River viewing
platform is dedicated to former Launceston mayor Graeme Beams, a
long-serving Launceston City Council alderman in memory of his love
of the river and for the enjoyment of the people of northern
President, that is a fitting memorial to someone who devoted his life
to serving the Tamar Valley community. His son-in-law, Captain Peter
Bowers, came from Canberra today and also present was Graeme's widow,
said in my tribute in this House on 15 March 2011 that Graeme Wesley
Beams was truly a man of Launceston. He loved and served Launceston
passionately. He devoted much of his public life to attracting
funding to improve his city and its surroundings. He spent 26 years
pestering federal and state entities for funding. He secured money
for numerous projects including the Earl Art Centre, the Summerdale
Community Centre, the St Leonards Hockey Centre, the Inveresk
Railyards development and the Launceston bikeway.
is hard to put a figure on what Graeme Beams gained for Launceston.
One estimate says about $25 million. The cost of his memorial Tamar
viewing platform of $175 000 makes it a very good investment indeed
to salute this man of the community - Graeme Beams.