Council to address park problem
A PLAN of management will be prepared for a Ballina park which has become known as a meeting place for casual sexual encounters.
Bicentennial Gardens is a rest stop on the Pacific Highway on the northern approach to Ballina.
But in recent years it has become known as an area where there are sexual meetings between men.
Last night, the Ballina Shire Council voted to develop a management plan for the area in an effort to stop this anti-social behaviour.
It will consider whether part of the site should be used as a community garden and whether there will be a reduced need or an increased need for the site as a stop-over once the bypass is finished and open to traffic.
The plan will also look at increasing or decreasing the vegetation.
In the meantime, the council will continue to work with the police to address theissues at the park.
In a report presented to councillors last night, civil services staff said that despite rangers checking the gardens on a daily basis, the patrols had ‘made no improvement’ on the situation of men meeting for casual sex.
“Right from their opening the gardens have been subject to this type of activity and no solution has been found to date,” the report stated.