a 12-month licence, while continuing to work on a final Strategic Plan for its
future with the Friends of the Botanic Garden, is the outcome of consultation
over the future of the community facility.
Botanic Garden is a State Government Crown Land reserve which is managed by
Council in its capacity as Coffs Coast State Park Trust Manager. As Trust
Manager, Council is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Garden and
the Friends, which has been operating as a volunteer group at the site since
1981, has no formal right of tenure for its activities.
aiming to find a way to continue to work together with the Friends of the
Botanic Garden and to maximise the potential of the Garden to provide quality
recreational experiences, while also protecting this very special space,” said
Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure.
extensive community consultation and workshops, Council as the Trust Manager
has agreed a trial implementation of the draft Strategic Plan. This will
provide time for further consultation with the Friends to ensure that the
proposed changes in the draft Strategy are the best options for the Garden’s
Friends will also receive a 12-month temporary license that allows them to
continue to operate the kiosk, café, seed bank and day-to-day activities within
the Garden. This will address the key issue of the lack of formal rights in
relation to the Friends’ commercial ventures at the Garden.
Advisory Committee comprising representatives from the Friends and
Council is also to be established, to help develop a list of priorities.
draft Strategic Plan, appropriately amended with lessons learned during the
trial, will be re-presented to the Trust for final adoption.
that time, we hope any problematic issues with the Strategic Plan will have
been identified and worked through so that a stronger version of the Strategic
Plan can be developed before its final adoption,” added Mr Raby.