Ballina Councillor Sue Meehan.
Ballina Councillor Sue Meehan.

Ballina’s Bicentennial Park gets clean bill of health

THERE has been a "wonderful improvement" at Bicentennial Park in Ballina over the past 18 months, according to Cr Sue Meehan.

Speaking at yesterday's council meeting, she said there was no need to develop a concept plan for the park, given the current good situation.

"We had problems in the past with men using the toilets inappropriately," she said.

"I also think the homeless situation has vastly improved ... people used to camp there for months.

"I have not seen any misbehaviour.

"It's as clean as a whistle.

"Bicentennial Park has become very popular, with up to a dozen RVs or caravans there at a time."

Council staff had recommended putting a concept plan for the park on public exhibition.

Concerns had been expressed about the increasing number of people using the area for overnight stays, which is technically not allowed.

Staff also said there was a "growing need" to manage the number of homeless people living in their cars at Bicentennial Park.

But Cr Meehan's motion - to maintain the current status of the park and improve signage - was carried.

Crs Paul Worth and Keith Johnson had both inspected the park yesterday morning and said there were about 10 vehicles there.

But they agreed that the situation did not seem to require any intervention.

"I talked to a few people there who all enjoyed the park and make a habit of stopping there," Cr Johnson said.

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