Coffs Council gets $1.068m for Brelsford Park

PLANS to develop Brelsford Park are one step closer to fruition, with Coffs Harbour City Council securing more than $1 million in government infrastructure funding.

Council has been allocated $1,068,000 to develop park and bushland areas and construct a children's adventure playground under the auspice of the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Plans to turn Brelsford Park into a park, sport and cultural precinct have been met with mixed reactions by residents, with many concerned that sporting facilities will be undermined and a major green space of the CBD will be lost.

Public submissions on the draft masterplan for Brelsford Park closed last week, with the council receiving 78 submissions including a petition from the Coffs Harbour Tennis Club.

With funding now secured, council said work can begin as soon as the final masterplan is agreed.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said the government funding was 'excellent news' for the city.

“The fact that Coffs Harbour was included in the first 10 projects to receive funding shows that the government has recognised the importance of this particular project for our community,” Cr Rhoades said.

He said the park had been neglected over the years.

“The community has given us a clear direction that this parkland area should be reinvigorated,” Cr Rhoades said.

But council's plan for the park is somewhat under the gun, with the government stipulating that the money must be spent this year.

The development of Brelsford Park is forecast to cost $6 million and includes the demolition of the existing grandstand, reconstruction of the playing field, modifications to the tennis courts, and construction of a public plaza at the western side of the park.

A report containing a revised draft masterplan for Brelsford Park is expected to go to Council for adoption this month.

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