Residents mad about sell off
RESIDENTS living near a leafy reserve in Coffs Harbour’s Feran Crescent are accusing Coffs Harbour City Council of planning to ‘pave paradise’ with plans to sell the park.
Resident Dot Trevaskis said they were collecting signatures on a petition to take to the council and would hold a sausage sizzle in the Feran Crescent end of the reserve from 10am to 2pm on May 1.
She said anyone opposed to the sale of open space land in Coffs Harbour was welcome to attend. The 2500 square metre reserve runs from Feran Crescent to Robert Garrett Street.
Mrs Trevaskis said it contained some 40 trees and WIRES workers had said it was one of the few remaining areas where they could harvest leaves for koalas in care.
She is also incensed at the suggestion older residents do not need open space.
Residents Peter and Sarah O’Reilly said the area was originally left as a wildlife corridor and reserve when the land was developed.
“The land is a great ‘green’ area, some bush and with a large area of lawn that is maintained by the residents, not council,” they said.
“Families use the area regularly for outdoor activities as it is maintained far better than the council park that runs between Reid Drive and Feran Crescent.”
Coffs Harbour City Council’s Draft Open Space Strategy, on public exhibition until May 7, proposes selling a number of small reserves and using the money to improve a large reserve in Reid Drive.
“Why knock down existing natural shade trees to put up artificial shade sails in the reserve at the other end of Reid Drive Reserve?” Mrs Trevaskis asked.