Coronation Park to get $1m facelift
At last week's meeting councillors agreed to proceed with the replacement of the park's amenities and kiosk building at an estimated cost of $1.05 million.
In his report the general manager, Michael Coulter, recommended other funds could come from Section 94 funds ($262,000) plus the previously deferred sale of an unused section of the park (estimated value $250,000).
The sale of the public land, however, remained a sticking point in the debate, resulting in its deletion from the final motion.
Nambucca Shire mayor, Cr Rhonda Hoban, said it was important this issue did not block preparations for the grant application as the time frame for the funding was so tight.
“This money has to be spent by September next year or we lose it,” Cr Hoban said.
“There is no doubt that unless something is done at Coronation Park, the council will have to close the facility.
“The existing facilities are in an extremely poor condition and are a risk to users.
“They are beyond repair – they need to be bulldozed and we need to start again.”
She said it was important the various user groups on the park's management committee worked together on the project.
“If we can't move this project forward the council will have to consider another one.”