Will this space bloom?: President of the Coffs Regional Community Garden Association Adam Curlis at the Combine site to be considered by councillors for a Coffs Harbour community garden.
Will this space bloom?: President of the Coffs Regional Community Garden Association Adam Curlis at the Combine site to be considered by councillors for a Coffs Harbour community garden. Rob Wright

Coffs garden to be decided

COFFS Harbour City councillors will decide tomorrow whether to provide a site in Combine Street for the development of a long overdue community garden.

Coffs Harbour and Bellingen councils received funding of $250,000 in 2008-09 through the Environmental Trust's Urban Sustainability program to promote local food. This became the Local Food Futures Project

Of this sum, $144,040 was for the development of community gardens in both Coffs Harbour and Bellingen, ($72,020 each) including employing a part-time garden co-ordinator for two years.

Four sites have been considered and assessed for a community garden in Coffs Harbour – an eastern section of the Combine Street Reserve identified as surplus to sporting needs, Englands Park, Coffs Harbour Showground and Brelsford Park.

Council staff have recommended the Combine Street site, which is owned by council, because it is central to the city's residential areas, offers a larger area of land and is not encumbered by constraints like acid sulfate soils, native title or potential soil contamination and in the future could make use of amenities and car parking to be developed in conjunction with future sports fields.

Tomorrow councillors will decide whether to make a provisional offer to the Coffs Regional Community Garden Association to use part of the Combine Street Reserve for a community garden, subject to a number of conditions, including consultation with neighbouring residents and the general public.



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