27 October 2015 Botanic Garden Is 'Best Kept Secret'

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27 October 2015 Botanic Garden Is 'Best Kept Secret'

Coffs Harbour is sitting on an asset that has the potential to become one of the Mid North Coast’s most popular attractions.


“The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is a fantastic place,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure.


“It showcases a fascinating collection of the region’s flora and is home to many of our most important native animals such as koalas.


“The Friends of the Garden have done sterling work with Council's support over the years to create a beautiful space that attracts families, visitors, weddings and community events. It also offers education opportunities that will help us conserve our natural environment for future generations.


“Despite this, the Garden is still a bit of a best kept secret, but one that has the potential to become a great asset for Council and the wider community.”


The Garden is a Crown reserve which is managed by Council in its capacity as Corporate Manager of the Coffs Coast State Park Trust. The Trust has a responsibility to ensure the management of the Garden complies with the requirements of the Crown Lands Act and part of the process will be to formalise the management structure and arrangements.


“We’re currently discussing with the Friends of the Botanic Garden ways to continue to work together and how we can maximise the potential of the Garden to provide quality recreational experiences, while also protecting this very special space,” added Mr Raby.


“We’re looking forward to finalising a strategy for the future.”