Keith Rhoades.
Keith Rhoades.

Council revamp for park is up to Govt

COFFS HARBOUR City Council's plans to reinvigorate Brelsford Park will be submitted to the Federal Government for funding.

This follows the Government's announcement last month it would set aside $300 million for local government to stimulate economic growth across Australia under its regional and local community infrastructure program.

This program has two parts: the council gets $1.068m under a one-off funding component totalling $250m, and it can nominate a project seeking a minimum Federal contribution of $2m under the remaining $50m package.

The council will submit stage one works at Brelsford Park for the $1.068m, and the stage two works to get $3m.

The draft masterplan for Brelsford Park, which is now on public exhibition, seeks to create a vibrant park, sport and cultural precinct.

At Thursday's council meeting, the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, also asked for a report outlining funding options to include the building of the main paths in the park's southeast corner.

He said councillors and staff had gone through every outstanding project in the city once the Federal program was announced.

“What the council has done here is to pick a project to give a return to every citizen and ratepayer in the region,” Cr Rhoades said.

“I believe the council has made the right decision selecting a project where everyone can gain from it.”

Cr Mark Graham said he was particularly supportive of the park-lands proposed for Brelsford, while Cr Kerry Hines said the planned adventure playground would be a 'huge plus' for the area.

Cr John Arkan said Coffs Harbour had been waiting for the Brelsford Park improvements.

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