Mayor Keith Rhoades receives the Brelsford Park petition from Nan Cowling.
Mayor Keith Rhoades receives the Brelsford Park petition from Nan Cowling. Trevor Veale

Petition calls to keep parkland

NAN Cowling presented a 1529-signature petition to Coffs Harbour City Council yesterday on behalf of the Brelsford Park Interest Group.

The petition asks the council to keep Brelsford Park as parkland for the benefit of future generation of both locals and tourists; to consider removing planned public buildings from the park and continue beautifying the area for the Sesquicentenary celebrations for the gazettal of Coffs Harbour in 2011.

Mrs Cowling said signatories wanted the parkland to add to the wonderful start that had been made with the Adventure Playground.

Coffs Harbour City Council is currently designing Stage 1A of the Brelsford Park plan which includes many of the group’s suggestions. The design includes:

Covered free barbecues with tables and seating, plus park benches at regular intervals.

Large shady trees would line the paths and night time lighting for the main paths, with wide pathways and exercise nooks that can be used for joggers and would be separated from vehicular traffic.

A sound shell or amphitheatre.

A sensory garden which will include some ornamental patterned planting similar to the roundabout gardens.

Interpretation through public art and signage to recognise both the Aboriginal European heritage of Coffs Harbour, including references to the origins of Brelsford Park.



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