BARREN: Coffs Harbour City Council has chopped down all of the eucalyptus trees in Pioneer Park, going against initial plans to retain the trees.
BARREN: Coffs Harbour City Council has chopped down all of the eucalyptus trees in Pioneer Park, going against initial plans to retain the trees. Trevor Veale

No trees left at Pioneer Park

CONSTRUCTION in Pioneer Park has taken a surprise twist this week.

All eucalyptus trees in the park were cut down despite plans exhibited by Coffs Harbour City Council that conveyed some of the trees would be preserved.

Coffs Harbour City councillor Sally Townley said council's actions were a setback.

"I find it extremely disappointing that they exhibited concept plans clearly showing the retention of these trees," Cr Townley said.

"Obviously they never had the intention of following through with that."

Cr Townley also claimed council chose not to undertake a root assessment of the trees until it had already given itself approval for the development.

"It seems like the council can set the rules but it doesn't have to follow them," she said.

 

Coffs Harbour City Council's plans for the Pioneer Park redevelopment.
Coffs Harbour City Council's plans for the Pioneer Park redevelopment. Coffs Harbour City Council

The preservation of the eucalyptus trees and the green space in general was lobbied for heavily by members of the community.

A number of protests were held in the park in a bid to prevent the construction of a permanent road through the area to extend Duke St.

The primary aim of the extension road was to alleviate traffic congestion during the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Harbour Dr and Gordon St.

However, the construction of the extension road is overlapping with the Harbour Dr and Gordon St works, scheduled to start this Thursday.

In a statement, the council said while the existing roundabout is removed and replaced with traffic lights, works to improve drainage will also be completed.

The construction is expected to take around 10 weeks, weather permitting. For details, visit council's website.



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