Residents petition for green space

Dot Trevaskis hands Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades the petition.
Dot Trevaskis hands Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades the petition. Rob Wright

DOT Trevaskis wants to make sure Coffs Harbour City Council knows how strongly residents feel about their neighbourhood green spaces.

Yesterday she handed Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Keith Rhoades a petition with 458 signatures and 228 signed form letters asking the council not to sell their small precious parks.

The Mayor said the councillors would be undertaking a bus tour, as suggested last week by Cr Kerry Hines, to look at the 15 small parcels of open space land in question.

As part of the council’s draft Open Space Strategy, on public exhibition until June 4, the council has suggested these small parks could be sold to reduce the council’s maintenance task and provide funds to put more equipment.

Many residents have been incensed at the suggestion, saying they have already paid for the parks, provided as public land by developers at the insistence of the council of the day, by paying extra for the surrounding blocks of land.

In some cases residents also tend these parks themselves mowing lawns and planting trees.

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