Windfall: Council is about to spend money on Park Beach.
Windfall: Council is about to spend money on Park Beach.

Park Beach to get a $200k facelift

COFFS Harbour City Council staff will report to councillors on October 14 about planned work for some of the public spaces at Park Beach.

The council’s manager of land use planning, Clyde Treadwell, said they had about $200,000 available in residual developer contributions and State Park funds and councillors would decide how they wanted to allocate this money in the suburb.

Two Park Beach moteliers went public this week voicing their frustration at the lack of improvement in the quality of business life at Park Beach.

Ocean Parade moteliers Paul Morgan and Bernie Gray say their properties are being vandalised, their visitors are being pestered and tourists are being driven away by yelling, screaming, fighting and loud drunken behaviour by local residents.

They want to see the council take action on these problems.

One of the city’s prime tourist zones just behind the main surfing beach, Park Beach has level roads and footpaths and cool afternoon sea breezes which make it one of Coffs Harbour’s most appealing areas in summer.

It is walking distance from the Jetty, Park Beach Plaza and Northside and includes Coffs Creek Reserve. But Park Beach also has some low-quality, poorly maintained housing and a range of social problems.

Mr Treadwell said council was trying to improve the reserve and public areas with walkways, cycleways, boardwalks, playgrounds, lighting and upgraded carparks and reports on this work would go to council on October 14.

He said the Park Beach development control plan (DCP) had been updated in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

He said the DCP included a master plan showing what the council expected to see in development in the future as well as what council itself was doing in the suburb’s public spaces.

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