Speaking out: Nan Cowling will plead with council tonight to keep Brelsford Park as open space.
Speaking out: Nan Cowling will plead with council tonight to keep Brelsford Park as open space.

Nans fight for Brelsford Park

NAN Cowling will tonight call on Coffs Harbour City Council to keep Brelsford Park largely a green, open space.

In a five-minute speech on behalf of the Brelsford Park Interest Group, Mrs Cowling will put the case that the city centre park should remain as parkland with minimal development limited to beautification of the area and structures like sound shells, pathways and toilet facilities.

She recently presented Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, with a petition containing more than 1500 signatures opposing major buildings on the park.

The Brelsford Park Interest Group also recently showed a short presentation on the park and its history for a week at Palms Shopping.

Mrs Cowling said she was surprised by the large number of people unaware of council plans to build a library, art gallery and entertainment centre on the park and by the number of people who did not even know where Brelsford Park was.

At tonight’s meeting, Cr Paul Templeton has given notice of his intention to move that council consider using premises at 25-31 Gordon Street for the proposed Coffs Harbour library instead of the current plan to use Brelsford Park.

The library is currently housed on the ground floor of Rigby House in Coffs Street.



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