Disgruntled residents, who mow and maintain their Bellwood Place reserve meet with Cr Bill Palmer at the site, which council wants to sell.
Disgruntled residents, who mow and maintain their Bellwood Place reserve meet with Cr Bill Palmer at the site, which council wants to sell. Bruce Thomas

Council plans to cut green spaces

KORORA residents are up in arms about Coffs Harbour City Council plans to dispose of two of their green spaces.

The council’s draft Open Space Strategy, which is on exhibition until May 7, is considering selling a number of small community green spaces in order to fund work on larger parks.

Among those listed for disposal are small reserves in Parkes Drive in Korora and Bellwood Place in Korora Bay, with the funds from the sale of the land used to redevelop Norman Hill Reserve as a district social family recreation space, with mixed age play, a games area, picnic areas, walkways and landscaping.

Council says the two Korora reserves are too small and ‘offer little opportunity to develop recreational infrastructure’.

Council also says maintaining ‘ineffective’ sites as open space add to the maintenance burden on council. The proposals have upset local residents who use and enjoy the existing two small parks and like them just the way they are.

Both the Parkes Drive and Bellwood Place parks were ceded to the council by residential subdivision developers as part of council preconditions of approval, and residents feel a strong sense of ownership.

They also say sale and development of both reserves will add to flooding problems in their area, as both reserves help with drainage.

Janet Schama, who overlooks the Parkes Drive Reserve, said the area was originally known as ‘the gully’ and had a bridge over it. It has been planted with flame trees and jacarandas by residents who enjoy the green space.

Bellwood Place is popular with the children and grandchildren of residents after school and on weekends for games and cricket, says Ray Lang, who has the photographs to prove it.



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