25 August 2015 Botanic Garden Plans for the Future

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Almost 100,000 visitors can't be wrong – and Council is hoping that many of them will help frame the way ahead for the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.


Friends of the Garden and Coffs Harbour City Council are working together to undertake a strategic planning process for the Botanic Garden site.  There will be a set of workshops to discuss ideas and ensure that the community has input into the planning process. The workshops, which will be held on September 3 at the Coffs Harbour Community Village, will aim to identify future activity and investment at the Garden.  


"The Garden attracts visitors from all over Australia and overseas to Coffs Harbour, and for locals, it provides an amazing space to learn, relax, explore and help conserve our most precious asset - the natural environment," said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.


“That’s why I’d urge as many people as possible to get involved with discussions of this unique Coffs Harbour icon.”


The Friends of the Garden was formed in 1981 and, since that time, they have worked tirelessly to maintain the Garden.


"The Friends of the Garden will continue to work with Coffs Harbour Council, to plan for the positive future of the Botanic Garden,” said Marg Murray, President of the Friends of the Garden. “It’s timely to celebrate the many successes to date and plan for many more into the future.


“We welcome the opportunity to hear from the community, for their ideas and feedback. Of course, we also must know how much we need to spend at the site to replace ageing buildings and further extend our reach into the educational and research markets. 


“We are excited about this opportunity,” she added.


Community consultation will be held on September 3.  There are two workshop options, 4.30pm – 6pm or 6.30pm – 8pm. The workshops will be held at Coffs Harbour Community Village in Earl Street.  Everyone is welcome, however – for planning and catering purposes - please  call 02 6681 4772 to RSVP your attendance.