Park Beach Community Group members (clockwise from front) Anne Cusack, Jenny Grant, Hedley Nelson, Ken Cusack, Rob Wood and Judy Quickenden prepare for the garage sale.
Park Beach Community Group members (clockwise from front) Anne Cusack, Jenny Grant, Hedley Nelson, Ken Cusack, Rob Wood and Judy Quickenden prepare for the garage sale. BRUCE THOMAS

Trash to treasure in Park Beach

THE Park Beach Community Group is only in its infancy but it’s already had a groundswell of support from locals keen to clean up the area’s image.

Organisers of the group’s mega-garage sale which will be held on Saturday have been inundated with thousands of items ranging from beds and tools to pushbikes, dolls, stuffed animals, cushions and even a ukulele.

All funds will go to support the work of the community group, which was incorporated four weeks ago.

“We’re raising money to help with our overheads like insurance, meeting costs, phone costs for our volunteers and our fortnightly newsletter,” said president Jenny Grant.

“We have really had overwhelmingly positive support from residents since our group started and there’s been lots of energy and time from the volunteers in sharing the load, along with good humour.

“Our focus is crime prevention and community building and those two things need to go hand-in-hand – you can’t prevent crime without building the community.”

Ms Grant said the group’s work had led to positive feedback from people living outside Park Beach, too.

“It’s their playground. It’s the jewel in the crown of Coffs Harbour,” she said.

“People from Toormina and Woolgoolga are now looking at what we’re doing and seeing if they can do the same things in their communities.”

Ms Grant predicted this summer would be different at Park Beach when it came to troublemakers.

“Residents will be unhesitatingly calling police when things aren’t right and they won’t be tolerating public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

“Residents will report incidents straight away to police and we’ll be picking up litter and not tolerating things like abandoned shopping trolleys.”

The garage sale will be held from 8am to 2pm on Saturday at the Coffs Harbour Showground.

All items will be bargain-priced and there will be giveaways along with a sausage sizzle and performances by buskers.

For more details, visit www.parkbeach.org.au.



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