Play area start of park's changes

QUOTA Club of Coffs Harbour President Dianne Egan was disappointed her club’s contribution to Brelsford Park was not mentioned yesterday.

Federal Minister Anthony Albanese joined Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades, councillors, staff and children to unveil a plaque at the $1.068 million Brelsford Park Adventure Playground.

This is stage 1a of the Brelsford Park masterplan design.

Stage 1 also includes parkland improvements, construction of a public plaza on the western side and a grand pathway/cycleway across the parkland at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.

Ms Egan said it was ‘practically all’ money raised by Quota which built the original children’s playground at Brelsford Park, now removed.

But she does not begrudge Brelsford its new playground.

“It’s a wonderful concept,” she said

Ms Egan is also pleased the old play equipment is being recycled and relocated ‘with some modifications’ to Hilltop Park at the corner of Beryl Street and Gallipoli Road.

She said Quota would again be involved with that project, specifically in funding security fencing, which she said would be a more modest version of the Brelsford Park Adventure Playground fencing, to keep children off the road.

Ms Egan said Quota had also been heavily involved in funding the children’s playground at the Jetty Foreshores.

Mr Albanese said of 3300 small and large-scale building projects under the Rudd Government’s $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program, 2800 were already completed and open. He said Coffs Harbour’s adventure playground would provide benefits for generations to come.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said the masterplan adopted in 2009 would ultimately transform ‘a well-loved but tired area of the city into an open space that offers attractions for the whole community and visitors.’

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