MORE PARKLAND INFRASTRUCTURE REQUESTED FOR CORAL COVE

Following a meeting of the Bargara & District Probus Club last week I was contacted by an attending member and met with her on-site at Herb Muller Park yesterday morning to discuss some of her concerns.

Primarily, the issues raised were the lack of foreshore shelter sheds & BBQs and poor disabled access into the park, both of which, in my opinion, are quite valid issues.

Currently, the park only has the old concrete & bench/table combinations and should be replaced with the more modern aluminium settings which have been installed elsewhere.

There aren’t any BBQs or shelter sheds and nowhere for families & friends to congregate as they do at Bargara.

Three issues sprung to mind during our conversation.

  • Firstly, trying to find the funding in the current budget as new BBQs & Shelter Sheds are a capital item. I’ll explore the opportunities and if the money can’t be found in the current budget, I’ll lobby for it to be allocated next year. I’ll also investigate whether developer contributions can be acquired.
  • The next issue is to try and find a location(s) protected from the prevailing south easterlies that tend to roar across the elevated headland and which can ruin a family’s day out.
  • Finally, experience has taught me (a la Bargara streetscape project) that proposed foreshore structures inevitably attract opposition from residents who may have their view impacted.

Disabled acces to the park and foreshore pathway would be greatly enhanced if the current semi-circular gravel track near Homestead Boulevarde was given a bitumen seal to get rid of the endless potholes that occur and fill up with water every time it rains. I’ve submitted another request for this to be carried out and was disappointed last year when I asked for the work to be done in conjunction with the widening of Barolin Esplanade but was told the the job’s budget didn’t allow for it. Whilst I accept the budgetary constraints, I’m also mindful that if the work was carried out whilst the crew and machinery were on-site, it would have cost a lot less.

I’ll follow up on these requests this week and will post any updates on my website and the Innes Park & Coral Cove Facebookers page.

 

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