Rod and Tracie Paton with their daughter, Molly (centre), and friend Ashlee Rolfe look out over the reserve at Sunset Lakes.
Rod and Tracie Paton with their daughter, Molly (centre), and friend Ashlee Rolfe look out over the reserve at Sunset Lakes. Rob Wright

Residents fight to save reserve

THE Sunset Lakes community is ready to fight a proposal to sell its much-loved reserve.

The group has been formed to reject a sell off of surplus reserve land that has been proposed in Coffs Harbour City Council’s Draft Open Space Strategy.

At a meeting last week, the residents unanimously voted to fight the council every step of the way to save their land.

The group took its first step yesterday and met with Cr John Arkan onsite to show how much the community enjoys the peace and tranquillity of the open space.

Many residents expressed their anger at the proposal.

“It is just appalling, it makes me so angry. I have only built one place in my life and it is this one and I want to keep it as it is,” said Ron Johnston.

“This is the last little bit of open space and my goodness we have to hold onto it. Because once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Residents have also gone a step further and will push to have the reserve named in honour of one resident, Don Graham, who has spent nearly 20 years planting and maintaining the reserve.



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