Coffs Regional Park gets land boost
IT'S a precious gift to the Coffs Coast which surrounding shires will envy for years to come.
Nearly 30 small parcels of land owned or controlled by Coffs Harbour City Council are being transferred to the Coffs Coast Regional Park to further improve this attractive community area bordering the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
Established in 2003, the regional park protects important coastal ecosystems from Macauleys Headland to just south of Corindi and together with the existing Moonee Beach Nature Reserve, its formation ensured public access to virtually the entire coastline north of Coffs Harbour in perpetuity.
“The extension of the park can only further improve this very important community asset,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades.
“The parcels of land included in the transfer are located along the coastline from Korora to Arrawarra.”
Created through a partnership of the council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (now known as the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, or OEH), the park's management is now guided by a trust board consisting of two councillors, two Aboriginal representatives, one OEH member and two community members.
The park had already covered 360 hectares and ran for more than 26 kilometres.
It was originally formed from more than 100 separate pieces of land.
“The regional park agreement has been a very positive partnership for the community, council and the State Government,” Cr Rhoades said.
“In the years since the Coffs Coast Regional Park was established, council has been able to carry out a major program of improvements including successfully extending the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.
“By bringing together expertise from council and the OEH, plus input from the community, we have been able to create a fantastic community asset that has helped safeguard some of our most significant flora and fauna and heritage sites, as well as provide a wonderful recreational area.”