Botanic Garden Draft Plan of Management Out for Consultation
Published on 19 September 2022
Lovers of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden are being invited to comment on a new Draft Plan of Management designed to take it forward into the future.
“The Botanic Garden is a hugely important part of the city of Coffs Harbour for locals and visitors alike. It’s an oasis of natural beauty, a place for scientific research and a popular event space right on the doorstep of the City Centre,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Paul Amos.
“We’re very lucky as a regional city to be able to boast such a long-established and beautiful Botanic Garden. I’m delighted that the Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, and the other volunteers who have lavished such care on the Garden over many years, have provided input into the proposed Draft Plan. It’s fantastic that they will continue to play a significant role in the Garden’s future growth and development.”
The Draft Plan of Management for the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is one of a series of Plans of Management that City of Coffs Harbour is undertaking for all NSW Government Crown Reserves classified as ‘community land’ - and for which City of Coffs Harbour is the Crown Land Manager.
The Draft Plan was developed in consultation with the Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden and the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Advisory Committee.
Following their endorsement and Council approval on 8 July 2021, the Draft Plan was submitted to Crown Lands – the landowner of the Botanic Garden – and a Division of the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment for approval to go on public exhibition to the wider community.
The approved Draft Plan can now be viewed on City of Coffs Harbour’s Have Your Say website. Submissions are open until Thursday 27 October 2022.
The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden was formally established in 1980 following the hard work of a group of interested and expert local residents – the Ulitarra Society - who originally saw its potential as a Botanic Garden during a canoe trip on Coffs Creek.
In the decades since, many thousands of volunteer hours have been given to developing the Garden by the Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, a number of Coffs Harbour community groups and many individuals.