It's no walk in the park

COFFS Harbour City Council has begun the assessment of the submissions received on the Draft Masterplan for the future of Brelsford Park.

The plan was on public display from December 8 last year until January 30, 2009 and a total of 177 submissions were received, including 242 identical form letters relating to the tennis courts.

Councillors will now be studying the responses before commissioning a report into the plan.

“The submissions covered a very wide range of points of view - including comments on the Cultural Precinct area, to security, to flood level queries,” council's community services manager Jenni Eakins said.

The Draft Masterplan aims to create a vibrant park, sport and cultural precinct in the heart of the city.

The plan proposed three main focuses for the park:

  • A parkland area that incorporates picnic spots.
  • A sports precinct laid out as a traditional 'village green' with grassed embankments around the playing field.
  • A cultural precinct along the western side of the park - within easy reach of the CBD - which would include provision for a purpose-built library, art gallery, public plaza and performance centre.

Funds are available, including a Federal Government grant of $1,068,000 which was announced this month, to allow work to start on the first phase of the improvements - once a final masterplan has been adopted by council.



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